Chelsea have expressed their interest in acquiring the services of Brentford’s forward, Ivan Toney. A recent report by Sky Sports suggests that Toney’s potential transfer could come with a price tag of up to £100 million. The report further indicates that Brentford value the 27-year-old striker at £100 million and intend to retain his services until the conclusion of the 2023/24 season, coinciding with the end of his footballing suspension in mid-January.
Ivan Toney’s Outstanding Premier League Performance Last Season
Ivan Toney had a remarkable season at Brentford in the previous campaign, showcasing an impressive array of skills as the focal point of their attack. The 27-year-old striker netted 21 goals and provided five assists in 35 appearances for the Bees across all competitions.
In the Premier League, Toney excelled with an average of 2.8 shots, 0.8 key passes, and 0.5 dribbles per 90 minutes. However, he faces a challenge in improving his link-up play in the forward line, given his pass completion rate of 62% in league matches (statistics sourced from whoscored).
Toney’s current contract with the Brentford is set to run until the summer of 2025. Consequently, if the Blues intend to secure his services during the upcoming January transfer window, they will need to present an enticing offer.
Will Pochettino Make A Bid To Bring Him To Chelsea?
Toney excels at creating opportunities for himself to get shots on target, and he can be an effective finisher when he’s in a confident form on the field. He also possesses the vision to craft promising chances in the attacking third.
While Toney is capable of making intelligent runs with the ball around the opponent’s penalty area, there is room for improvement in terms of his passing accuracy in the final third. Bringing Toney to Stamford Bridge, under the management of Mauricio Pochettino, is expected to add more firepower to their attack. He has the potential to address the team’s goal-scoring challenges.
At the age of 27, Toney is approaching his prime, and the West London club can anticipate getting the best out of him in the coming years. Given his familiarity with the Premier League, he should adapt quickly to life at Stamford Bridge. However, with a substantial price tag, Pochettino may need to devise a strategy for his acquisition in the upcoming transfer window, which could involve offloading players to generate the necessary funds.