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Chelsea might find it beneficial if they go for Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney

Pundit Graeme Souness believes that Brentford striker Ivan Toney would be an excellent addition for either Chelsea or Arsenal.

After serving an eight-month ban for breaking betting rules, 27-year-old Ivan Toney is ready to make his return today. However, confirmed to start and captain Brentford, he will feature in the Premier League clash against Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.

Sky Sports reported two months ago that Brentford would request £100 million for Toney, given interest from Chelsea and Arsenal. Thus notably, the English striker recently addressed his future in public this week.

In a Sky Sports interview, Toney expressed his desire to play for a top club contending for trophies. Journalist Simon Phillips, through his Substack, suggested that Chelsea aims to observe Toney’s performances before making a decisive move to sign him, following his extended absence.

What did Souness say about Ivan Toney and Chelsea?

Meanwhile, Souness proposes that Brentford’s established Premier League goal-scorer, the center-forward, could be the solution for either Chelsea or Arsenal.

Souness said:

“I can understand why Ivan Toney is openly declaring he wants to move to a big club now. He’s had to travel down the road a bit in football and wasn’t an instant success. Newcastle had him out on loan for three years. He’s had to work at establishing himself.”

“He’s 27, at the peak of his powers for a striker, and it’s now or never for him. You might say Brentford have looked after him during his ban but they will also get a shedload of money for him. I really can’t see them standing in his way, even allowing for their challenging season and the injuries they have. He could be the missing piece for Arsenal or Chelsea, who both need a different type of attacker.”

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