Ivan Toney: Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target 'likely to be sold', confirms Thomas Frank

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has confirmed Ivan Toney will “most likely be sold in the summer”.

Toney, who is back playing after an eight-month betting ban, is attracting interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.

The striker will have just one year left on his contract at the end of the season and Frank has admitted he is likely to leave.

Brentford received no approaches for the striker during last month’s transfer window, but are expecting plenty of interest in the summer.

A new striker is one of Arsenal’s priorities this summer, while Chelsea are also looking to bolster their forward line.

Thomas Frank and Ivan Toney (PA)
Thomas Frank and Ivan Toney (PA)

Frank has insisted Toney will not come cheap, though, stressing that the Bees “know what he’s worth”.

“It’s quite obvious that Ivan Toney will most likely be sold in the summer,” Frank told Danish magazine Tipsbladet.

“It can be expensive to sell your best player, but on the other hand, I also know that by the summer, he’ll only have a year left on his contract with us.

“We also know what he’s worth. I don’t think there are many strikers in the world who are better than him right now.

“He’s a really good striker who is in his prime footballing age. Personally, as a coach, I would prefer to keep Toney, but one day it could be fun to see him at a top team.

“This winter, we actually had no bids for him, but it would surprise me if there aren’t a lot of clubs interested in him.”