Manchester United interested in Ivan Toney but reluctant to enter in a bidding war

According to a report by Daily Star, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are keen on signing Ivan Toney in the summer. Brentford value him at £100 million. However, there will likely be a bidding war for him once the transfer window opens. Arsenal and Chelsea desperately need a top striker and the Englishman will be on top of their lists.

On the other hand, Manchester United also need a striker, but Brentford’s valuation of Toney looks too much for them. The Red Devils signed Rasmus Hojlund last summer for around £70 million and hence they won’t be too desperate for another top striker. Man United reportedly value the Brentford striker at £70 million and won’t enter in a bidding war for him.

The rise of Ivan Toney

In 2020, no one knew Ivan Toney, who had played two games in the Premier League for Newcastle United in 2015. However, he spent multiple seasons out on loan, playing in the third tier of English football. In 2020, Brentford signed him to play in the Championship. He made an immediate impact as he scored a record breaking 31 goals. In his only season in the second tier, he helped his team secure promotion to the top flight.

Fast-forward to 2024, Toney is the most sought-after striker in England. The 27-year-old certainly took the Premier League by storm ever since his first season in 2021.

New Manchester United owner won’t pay £100 million for Toney

Arsenal and Chelsea certainly need Toney the most. Both teams have struggled to find goals from their strikers; with the Blues struggling to score as a team, while the Gunners have relied elsewhere for goals.

However, Manchester United are reportedly better placed than Arsenal and Chelsea to land Ivan Toney. But Daily Star has claimed that Sir Jim Ratcliffe is hesitant to enter a bidding war for the Englishman. In addition, Manchester United might not offer £100 million as they value him at £70 million.

It will be interesting to see if £70 million does the trick for Brentford or if the Bees stick to their original valuation of £100 million. But a big move is almost certainly on the cards for Toney.

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