EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal, Leeds all eyes as asking price for striker is set at £30m
Brentford are ready to slap a £30million asking price on star striker Ivan Toney, with Arsenal, Leeds and West Ham all keen.
The Bees, currently in second-place in the Championship, are hoping that they will be handing Toney a new contract ahead of their Premier League debut next season. However, they are already being inundated with interest.
The 24-year-old joined last summer in a £10million deal from League One Peterborough to replace Ollie Watkins. That was after the frontman was sold to Aston Villa for £28million.
Understandably Brentford are using Watkins as a measure and so £30million for Toney on that basis is understandable.
To that end, TEAMtalk have been told that clubs making enquiries were expecting that.
Toney has scored an impressive 25 goals in all competitions for the Bees this season.
However, Brentford have told interested parties that they are not looking to talk, indeed they have emphasized to the player and his representatives that they will reward Toney with a ‘big’ new deal if they are promoted – which they are still hopeful of doing under Thomas Frank.
We understand that amongst the clubs who have ask to be kept informed of Toney’s situation are Arsenal, Leeds, Wolves and Leicester.
West Ham are also said to be in the running for the player, as David Moyes eyes a new No.9.
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The French midfielder moved to the Bundesliga side at the start of the season, having fallen out with Mikel Arteta. Guendouzi’s initial axing by Arteta raised a few eyebrows at the time. That’s after he’s established himself as a solid member of the side under previous boss Unai Emery.
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Guendouzi was hoping to use his time in the Bundesliga to put himself back into Arteta’s thinking at Arsenal.
However, it seems his time as an Arsenal player is over. Indeed, a report claims Arteta is planning on life without the Frenchman.
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