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David Ornstein says if Ivan Toney could leave in January amid Arsenal interest

David Ornstein has shared the information he has been given about Ivan Toney amid interest from Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

The Athletic journalist has said that although Toney is likely to stay at Brentford for the second half of the season, things could change.
So, what has been reported about Arsenal target Ivan Toney? Let’s take a look.

David Ornstein’s take on Arsenal target Ivan Toney

Well, according to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein, Ivan Toney is unlikely to leave Brentford in the January transfer window.

Ornstein has said that it is more probable that Toney, who has been described “a world-class” player by former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster, will leave Brentford at the end of the season or in the summer of 2025.
The Mirror reported this month interest in the England international from Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

Ornstein himself noted in November interest from Arsenal in Toney.
When asked in a Q&A in The Athletic if Toney will leave Brentford in January, Ornstein said: “As mentioned in previous weeks, Ewan, I think it’s most likely he stays. Especially now Mbeumo is injured for a significant period.

“You never know, though, and if he returns in style plus one of the big clubs finds themselves in desperate need of a striker before transfer deadline… perhaps things change.

“It would need to be permanent move for very big money or a loan with a high obligation. Brentford already have a replacement of sorts in Schade and I’d back their recruitment team to bring others in, too, if needed.

“But there have been no significant developments on Toney’s situation and right now I think the probable scenario is a sale next summer or free agency in 2025.”
Arsenal should bid for Brentford striker Ivan Toney if they really want him

In my view, if Arsenal think that Ivan Toney is the player who will win them the Premier League title this season, then they should bid for him in the January transfer window.

There is speculation that Toney could cost £100 million. I personally think that it is a lot of money for a 27-year-old striker who has not played in the UEFA Champions League. In my opinion, Napoli and Nigeria international striker Victor Osimhen would be a better option for the Gunners.

But, if Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and the Gunners’ Sporting Director Edu think that Toney is the man for them, then they should just make an offer and get a deal done in January. There is no need to wait until the summer of 2024. After all, Arsenal are in a great position now in the Premier League table.

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