Ex-Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge believes Ivan Toney should join his former club during the January transfer window.
The Blues, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been linked with the Brentford player but, when asked which team the England international could end up moving to, Sturridge said:
“I would say he will suit Chelsea the most, he could play for Spurs. I’m not sure who needs him most as they all need him. He is a top striker and deserves that opportunity…”
“Yes, he could [join Arsenal] and he is a different type of striker. Huge fan of his but making jump to a big club and can you not cope with the scrutiny, there’s not that expectation against Brentford. No doubt that the quality is there, but take Arsenal to title? Arsenal might need to take that chance if they don’t fix that position and the goalkeeper situation then [it would be] difficult to overhaul Man City.”
Chelsea have looked at other strikers
Napoli’s Victor Osimhen is another player that the Blues have seriously considered pursuing but there is very little prospect of the Nigerian international being sold in January. On top of that, Osimhen’s price tag could be double that of Toney’s.
Other names have been suggested as options, including Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins, RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko and even former Blues star Tammy Abraham, but Toney remains the top candidate.
Toney won’t be available on the cheap
Although some reports have put the 27-year-old’s price tag closer to £65m, it is believed that Brentford could hold out for as much as £80m, even though he is closing in on the final 18 months of his contract.
Whether Chelsea are prepared to push the boat out in order to secure his signature in the New Year, we shall have to wait and see.