Chelsea transfer target Ivan Toney is open to moving teams during the January transfer window, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
In a recent interview, the striker declared an interest in joining a “top club” either this month or at the end of the season. That sent tongues wagging about a potential switch to Stamford Bridge but Romano has tried to keep expectations in check by stating that, while the player is keen on sealing a move, clubs will still have to meet Brentford’s sky-high valuation:
“My feeling is that this is not an attempt by Toney to force a way out of Brentford or to invite offers from other clubs, I think Toney has just been honest.”
“It’s pretty obvious – big players want to play for top clubs, but as we always said, Brentford want crazy money for their star striker, or nothing. Despite Toney’s public quotes, there are no changes on this story so far.”
How much do Brentford want for Toney?
Some reports have put the forward’s asking price as high as £100m. Although the 27-year-old has less than 18 months left on his contract with the Bees, the club could get dragged into a relegation battle.
Losing their top-flight status would cost the club a lot more than £100m so keeping Toney for the rest of the campaign is seen as a top priority, as his goals could be the difference between staying up and falling into the Championship.
Are Chelsea considering alternative transfer targets?
The Blues are said to be looking at potential short-term solutions in January before making a big play for a new No.9 next summer.
Al-Ittihad’s Karim Benzema and Al-Ahli’s Roberto Firmino have been suggested as possible options, as both could be available on loan. The club are also known to be admirers of Aston Villa’s Jhon Duran.