Speculation Chelsea are ready to spend big on a Tottenham target in January continues to grow, with a report revealing £70m is the minimum amount it’ll take to seal a deal.
Despite presiding over another mammoth spend, the Blues continue to struggle in the Todd Boehly era. Chelsea have won just once in their opening four Premier League matches and a familiar bluntness in the final third has plagued their efforts.
Nicolas Jackson has shown signs of promise, though has been found wanting in critical moments in front of goal.
With Christopher Nkunku sidelined with a knee injury, manager Mauricio Pochettino has very little by the way of alternate options to lead the line. Armando Broja is one, though is only just returning to full fitness after undergoing surgery to repair an ACL injury.
As such, speculation has begun to grow Chelsea will splash the cash once again when the January window opens.
The Brentford ace, 27, is currently half way through serving an eight-month suspension for breaching betting regulations.
Toney will be eligible to return to action on January 17 and varying reports have claimed he’ll be a man in demand.
Indeed, aside from Chelsea, Football London’s Alasdair Gold tipped Spurs to make their move. Ange Postecoglou has selected Richarlison to lead his line so far this season, though the Brazilian has struggled in the early going.
However, a third source in the form of Football Insider has now backed Chelsea to dash Tottenham’s dreams and sign Toney.
Brentford want £70m-plus for Toney
FI state Chelsea are indeed eyeing Toney up and clarify there was zero chance a summer move would occur thanks to the betting ban.
It could be a different story in the winter window, however, with the Blues firmly in the mix to pull off the mid-season coup.
Regarding Brentford’s stance, FI stress the Bees will be reluctant sellers. With good reason, Toney has been a revelation in the top flight for Thomas Frank’s side and his mark of 20 league goals last term was bettered only by Erling Haaland (35) and Harry Kane (27).
The report concluded Brentford would be likely to command a fee of at least £70m if parting ways with their talismanic frontman.
In multiple sides enter the bidding, Brentford can expect to recoup an even higher sum.