Arsenal eyeing £110m double swoop for Neto and Toney to boost attack

By on February 12, 2024

Ivan Toney Brentford

According to HITC’s Graeme Bailey, Arsenal scouts spent the weekend scouting two attacking players, Pedro Neto (Wolves) and Ivan Toney (Brentford), who are heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer.

Mikel Arteta is expected to bolster his attacking department. Though Arsenal’s attack has appeared effective in the last four games, it was identified as the team’s weakest link in the first half of the season, before the winter break. It was evident that the defense and midfield worked hard and were efficient; chances were generated, but the strikers failed to convert them into goals.

There was chatter that Arsenal lacked a clinical striker and that they should rotate their wingers and, at times, rest Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, who were becoming predictable. Martinelli was rested and allowed to return fresh, but Saka was not; no one can play Arsenal’s right wing like the Hale End graduate.

With the apparent necessity of purchasing a clinical striker, Arsenal now also need to recruit a deputy for Saka, as the right winger has no credible substitute.

Toney and Neto scouted

To meet this transfer demand, Arsenal, according to Graeme Bailey, have been combing the transfer market, and this weekend they had scouts watch Wolves vs. Brentford to monitor Pedro Neto and Ivan Toney.

Toney gave a fine account of himself, scoring in the 2-0 win over Wolves, seeing him score three goals in four games since his return from the ban. Sky Sports awarded him a 7/10 grade. Some Gooners were against buying him in January, arguing that he would require time to adjust. But he’s proven his worth, which is why they should sign him in the summer.

Neto also had a good game; has he ever not had a good game? He did not score or assist, but he was so good that he received a 7/10 Sky Sports match rating.

I believe if it is easier for Toney to perform for Brentford and Neto to perform for Wolves, then they would be able to do that for a good team such as Arsenal. Toney was valued at £100 million in the winter but reports suggest his price-tag could drop to £50m in the summer given his contract will have just 12 months remaining. Neto might cost around £60 million, according to Football London, so it would set Arsenal back around £110m for the duo.

If Arsenal could sign Toney and Neto in the summer, it would give Arteta real depth in attack and propel them to the next level.