Brentford set new price tag for Arsenal and Chelsea target Ivan Toney | Football

It will take a massive offer to convince the Bees to sell their star striker (Picture: Getty)

Brentford are determined to hang on to Arsenal and Chelsea target Ivan Toney this month and are no longer willing to accept £80million for the striker, with an even bigger offer now required.

The forward only has 18 months left on his contract with the Bees and is being chased by a number of clubs who are all desperate to add more firepower to their ranks in the January window.

Despite creating an abundance of chances and ranking high for Expected Goals in the Premier League, Chelsea’s attack has been profligate with winger Cole Palmer leading the way on eight goals while Nicolas Jackson has seven – though three of those came in one match against nine-man Tottenham.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are the lowest scorers in the top five, with 12 teams in the Premier League having a top scorer with more goals than the Gunners’ Bukayo Saka, who has netted just six times.

That has led both clubs to identify Toney as the ideal addition this month, who can return to action in a matter of days after finishing his suspension for breaching the FA’s betting rules.

It had been thought that Brentford were holding out for a figure in the region of £80m for Toney, though were likely to accept slightly less given his precarious contract situation.

But that is no longer the case, with The Independent now reporting that Brentford will demand a mammoth fee of £100million for their star striker – a figure neither Arsenal or Chelsea will be able to pay unless they sell players first.

Brentford striker Ivan Toney wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea

Toney has been back in training for some time (Picture: Getty)

Brentford have suddenly been sucked into the relegation fight after a run of five straight defeats and they sit just four points above the drop.

To make matters even harder for the Bees, top scorer Bryan Mbuemo – who has carried the team in the absence of Toney – will miss several months through injury while Yoane Wissa is unavailable due to the Africa Cup of Nations.

That means Toney is more needed than ever before and, having been looking sharp in training, is expected to come straight back into the side for Brentford’s league clash against Nottingham Forest on January 20 – just three days after his ban ends.

As such, Brentford will only countenance a sale if they receive an astronomical offer for Toney, while the offer will need to be made early enough in the window that they can reinvest the funds on a replacement.

The problem for Arsenal is that any move for Toney is dependent on selling Eddie Nketiah first, and so far they have only had tentative interest from Crystal Palace.

Chelsea, meanwhile, would need to offload Ian Maatsen, Trevoh Chalobah, Conor Gallagher and perhaps even more players to afford Toney, with the club needing to raise around £160m this month into order to bankroll a deal for the Brentford star while still complying with Financial Fair Play.

Brentford set a high asking price for David Raya in the summer before eventually letting him join Arsenal on loan with an option to buy, though there is no suggestion of any kind of similar U-turn over Toney this time around.


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