Chelsea have made the surprise decision “not to bid” for Brentford striker Ivan Toney when the transfer window reopens in the New Year because of Arsenal’s interest

Chelsea have made the surprise decision “not to bid” for Brentford striker Ivan Toney when the transfer window reopens in the New Year because of Arsenal’s interest

According to LondonWorld reporter Rahman Osman, Chelsea has taken the surprising decision “not to bid” for Brentford striker Ivan Toney when the transfer market reopens in the new year.

According to the writer, the Blues have decided not to make a move for the England international for two reasons.

To begin, Toney has informed “close friends” that he would prefer a move to Arsenal. The Gunners are reported to be interested in the attacker, however their ability to meet Brentford’s asking price has been questioned.

The Bees’ value varies depending on which story you read, but it may range between £65m and £80m, which could be too much for Mikel Arteta’s side owing to FFP.

Nonetheless, Osman believes there is a second reason Chelsea appears to be backing away: Toney’s age. In March, the striker will turn 28.

If Toney is not brought in, the Blues will undoubtedly look for other options, given their shot conversion rate has been quite low this season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur have scored 22 goals in the Premier League, however they have underperformed their xG by 5.73 goals, which is the third lowest score in the league.

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Chelsea have made the surprise decision “not to bid” for Brentford striker Ivan Toney when the transfer window reopens in the New Year because of Arsenal's interest

The Blues’ interest in Toney has cooled, which coincides with other reports over the weekend claiming that the Blues are going to pick up their chase of Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.

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There are, however, substantial obstacles to overcome if they are to obtain the signing of the Nigerian international. He will cost far more than Toney (perhaps twice as much), and Napoli are thought to be exceedingly hesitant to let him leave before the conclusion of the season.

 


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