New contract could scupper Tottenham and Arsenal’s hopes of signing Ivan Toney
Brentford’s Ivan Toney, who is apparently wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Chelsea, could sign a new contract.
According to transfer journalist Simon Phillips (h/t the Express), this contract could contain a new release clause in accordance with the Bees’ valuation of the player. He is apparently rated at over £100million.
That is, undoubtedly, a blow if it does come to fruition. The England international, who is currently sidelined due to a suspension related to betting offenses, is on a contract that expires in the summer of 2025.
Arsenal have Gabriel Jesus, Edward Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli, and Leandro Trossard as strike options. But Chelsea and Spurs are arguably more desperate for a new out-and-out target man.
What should Spurs do?
Nicolas Jackson and Armando Broja, both 22, are inexperienced and yet to prove themselves as consistent goal-scorers. And us, well, we lost Harry Kane to Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window and didn’t sign a direct replacement.
Son Heung-min could shift to the no. 9 role but that affects our depth and potency down the left flank. Richarlison, 26, has been poor since his move from Everton and is now linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League.
Toney, 27, is a proven goal-scorer in England in the prime years of his career. One can understand why Brentford would value him so highly, given his age and the fact that he has Premier League experience.
A homegrown player always helps. He has 165 goals in 401 matches across several domestic competitions in his career and has shown time and again that he is a striker capable of playing for a big PL team.
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He has speed, shooting ability, and heading prowess to really become a brilliant No. 9 for any of the three aforementioned sides. But the question remains, can Spurs afford his release clause if it’s a nine-figure mark? In that case, there could be better options that don’t set us back by that amount…. kind of like the Guglielmo Vicario deal we got over the line in the summer.