Arsenal’s hopes of securing the services of prolific striker Ivan Toney have been given a significant boost. This follows a revelation from Brentford’s technical director, Lee Dykes, who hinted that the £100 million-rated England striker could be on the move “very shortly.”
Toney, who faced an eight-month ban from football due to a breach of FA betting rules, is set to make a return to the pitch next month. Despite the controversy surrounding his ban, interest in the 27-year-old has not waned, with several top clubs, including Arsenal and Chelsea, closely monitoring his situation.
Lee Dykes spoke candidly to the club’s media team, expressing his excitement about Toney’s imminent return. He referred to the striker as “one of the top five strikers in the world” and emphasized the need for interested clubs to be prepared to pay a substantial transfer fee.
“I am so excited for Ivan to come back because I see him out there in training, and he is some player; it looks like he’s never been away. There’s a real ambition from him, and I can see in his eyes that he’s going to be better than he’s ever been; I really believe that will be the case,” Dykes said.
Acknowledging the intense competition for Toney’s signature, Dykes commented on the expected high demand for the striker in the January transfer window. He pointed out Toney’s impressive track record, finishing as the third-highest Premier League goalscorer last season, and justified the hefty price tag by stating, “He is in the top five in the world, in my opinion.”
While Arsenal appears to be at the forefront of the race for Toney, Chelsea has also shown interest in the striker’s prolific form from the previous season. Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur is reportedly in desperate need of attacking firepower and could potentially join the bidding war for the coveted forward.
Former Spurs legend Teddy Sheringham has even urged current manager Ange Postecoglou to consider beating their north London rivals to the transfer. With Toney’s return looming and his undeniable talent, the upcoming transfer window is poised to be a battleground for some of the top clubs vying for the striker’s signature.