‘These People Aren’t Serious’ ‘Joke’ Fans React As Chelsea Board Are Split On Signing Player Guardiola Called “A Master”

Chelsea’s hierarchy are “split” over whether to make a move to sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney this summer, according to The Mirror.

The English tabloid claims that there is some concern about paying over the odds for a player in his late twenties who will have just 12 months left on his contract in the summer. Some of the board are believed to prefer signing a young forward with more potential but fans on X are fed up with the club going after signings that don’t have a proven track record:

How much would Toney cost?

Brentford were demanding £100m for the 27-year-old during the January transfer window, but the Bees are unlikely to hold out for that much at the end of the season due to his contract situation.

Interest from other teams, such as Arsenal, could mean that Toney‘s value could be maintained somewhat but The Mirror say Chelsea may only consider a bid if this price tag drops to £60m.

Chelsea’s board may want to heed the advice of Pep Guardiola

Toney scored 21 goals in all competitions last season, and he has hit the back of the net 4 times since his eight-month ban ended in January. He is rated highly by many, including Pep Guardiola, who spoke unprompted about the striker after Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Brentford last month:

“They have the ability with Ivan Toney – he’s a master player, a really good player.”

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.