Arsenal could sign Brentford star Ivan Toney in January

By on January 9, 2024

Arsenal could reportedly sign Brentford star Ivan Toney in this winter window, as per Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth.

The Gunners enjoyed a promising start to this season, however, they have failed to continue their momentum in recent times, winning only one out of the last seven games in all competitions.

It has been suggested that the North London club’s attacking stars’ dip in form has been the main issue behind their recent struggles. So, Mikel Arteta’s side have seemingly been looking to address that problem by signing a new attacker.

Numerous strikers have been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in recent times with Toney being mentioned as the primary option. However, Brentford reportedly don’t want to let their star man leave for anything less than £100m and Arsenal reportedly can’t afford to spend that much money in January due to FFP regulations.

However, speaking on the Sky Sports Transfer Talk Podcast, Sheth has reported that although Arsenal’s winter budget has been restricted due to FFP rules, they could look to sign Toney by splashing the £100m fee if they indeed identify Toney as the primary target.

Toney to Arsenal

Sheth said:

“If you look at what’s happened with Arsenal, I know we have spoken about FFP already, and the David Raya deal in the summer was a loan with an option to buy which effectively becomes an obligation. It was in Brentford’s interest to do that deal in that way, but Arsenal couldn’t pay that transfer fee at that time.

“If you think about what’s happened with Raya, you can’t envisage a situation where Arsenal can go to Brentford and say here’s £100m for Toney. I’m not saying it’s impossible because if Arsenal see Toney as their long-term target and agree at board and manager level that he’s the one they want for the long-term, is it impossible to do a deal in January? It’s not impossible, nothing is impossible, but it’s very unlikely.”

Toney has already showcased his qualities in the Premier League so he could be a shrewd signing for Arsenal to reinforce their attack this year. However, the forward has been sidelined over the last few months due to suspension issues having been found guilty of breaching the betting rules.

So, there is a question mark whether he would be able to showcase his best straightaway after returning to action if Arsenal were to purchase him in January.