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Brentford boss Thomas Frank ‘convinced’ of 1 thing as Arsenal target Ivan Toney

Brentford boss Thomas Frank admits the Bees are a ‘selling club’ but he expects Ivan Toney to stay in January despite Arsenal and Chelsea showing interest in his transfer.

The London teams are each monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation at the Gtech Community Stadium having excelled last season. Toney is yet to play this term whilst he serves an eight-month FA ban for breaching its betting regulations. He can return to the field on January 17.
Toney was among the Premier League’s top goalscorers last term with 20 in 33 fixtures. Just Erling Haaland (36) and Harry Kane (30) outdid the Northampton native, who converted six penalties. His efforts further led to Toney making his England debut at Wembley this March.
Thomas Frank hopes Ivan Toney rejects a transfer to Arsenal or Chelsea

Moves to Arsenal or Chelsea could also materialise for Toney in the January transfer market given what he gave Brentford. Ben Jacobs reports that both teams appreciate what he could add to their frontlines. But the chance to join Arsenal is likely to turn Toney’s head the most.

Frank, though, remains hopeful that Toney will reject a transfer to Arsenal or Chelsea to stay at Brentford. He is also confident that the striker will still be a Bees player when the window slams shut. But Frank concedes it is important Toney ‘retains his value’ to eventually be sold.
Everyone saw what he did last year,” Frank has told the Evening Standard. “It’s not like he broke a leg or did his ACL. So, he’s fit and probably even more ambitious to get success.
I’m convinced he will be absolutely on it. I don’t want to lose him. I hope, and think, he’ll be a Brentford player on February 1.”

Arsenal are minded to wait until the summer as Brentford chase £100m

Selling Toney to Arsenal or Chelsea could secure Brentford a seismic profit on the mere £5m they paid Peterborough. Toney signed for the Bees in August 2020 after ending the previous League One term as the top goalscorer with 24. He then fired them into the Premier League.

Now, Sky Sports reports that Brentford value Toney at £100m as they strive to keep him until at least next summer. Their valuation could thwart whatever interest Arsenal hold in Toney’s transfer. TEAMtalk adds the Gunners want to wait until the summer due to a limited budget.

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