Ivan Toney Transfer News: Football Insider claims that resurgent Aston Villa will compete with Manchester United for the services of Brentford striker Ivan Toney, who has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season.
Toney is now seen as one of the league’s most reliable scoring threats. The striker for the West London club Bees has had another great season despite the threat of a penalty for violating FA betting regulations.
In last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, he scored his 19th goal of the season, putting him in third position for the Premier League Golden Boot behind Harry Kane and Erling Haaland.
The 27-year-old’s merciless finishing, explosiveness to work the channels, and great link-up and hold-up play have made him a fan favourite. Toney’s central position in Brentford’s counter-attacking engine has been maintained this season, with wingers Bryan Mbeumo and Kevin Schade providing aerial support.
Several high-ranking officials in the Premier League have already begun plotting a summer raid to sign him. Among the teams said to be interested in signing him this summer is Manchester United.
Ivan Toney Transfer News: High-flying Ivan Toney, a striker for both Brentford and England, has apparently caught the attention of both Aston Villa and Manchester United
Since Cristiano Ronaldo was released earlier in the season and Wout Weghorst was brought in as a short-term fix in January, the Red Devils will be looking to sign a high-priced centre forward before the 2022–23 season. The Red Devils are currently using the Dutchman on loan from Burnley.
They’ve been connected to players like Harry Kane (captain of Tottenham) and Victor Osimhen (star of Napoli). Both are expected to cost a lot, although Toney is seen as a cheaper option for the summer.
Manchester United has been keeping a close eye on Toney as a prospective free agent signing, but they are treading carefully in case the ongoing inquiry into his alleged gambling ties them to an offer they may regret later. In November, the FA levied 262 accusations against the striker for breaking its rules on football betting. Toney has subsequently admitted guilt on many counts and might be banned for quite some time.
The attacker is valued at over £50 million by Brentford, with Chelsea and Newcastle United reportedly monitoring his position. Aston Villa, coached by Unai Emery, have now joined the bandwagon and shown interest in acquiring his services this summer.
Since the Spaniard took over for Steven Gerrard, the club’s fortunes have improved to the point where they could potentially qualify for European competitions. And the Villa owners will look to support their manager in the market by adding a star striker to play alongside Ollie Watkins, who has been in fine form recently. Toney is a good match since he has played well with Mbeumo as a front two in previous seasons.
The Midlands club may capitalize on Manchester United’s hesitation, but they likely won’t sign a hefty contract for him for fear of losing his services while he serves his suspension. It will be fascinating to watch how this drama unfolds, but one thing is certain: Toney deserves a transfer to a major team.