Brentford manager hints at summer sale amid Ivan Toney’s return
Ivan recently returned after an eight-month ban for breaking FA betting rules. He quickly made a strong impression for Brentford.
In his first game of the season, he scored a goal that helped Brentford win against Nottingham Forest. He also scored another goal in the match against Tottenham Hotspur, even though they lost. Tony has scored two goals in three matches since coming back.
Bees manager Thomas Frank recently hinted that Ivan Toney’s sale is possible in the summer. It appears United could be considering signing him.
Manchester United’s potential interest in signing Toney emerges
According to The Athletic, Manchester United has been paying close attention to Ivan Toney’s return in the past few weeks.
However, the team may need to sell some players before they can make any big signings, as they are nearing the limit set by Profitability and Sustainability Rules.
Hojlund’s rising form at Manchester United sparks interest in Toney, but can the Reds afford the asking price?
Hojlund’s start to the season was up and down after joining from Atalanta. He scored five goals in the Champions League group stage but had trouble scoring in the Premier League. Finally, he ended his goal drought in his 15th league match against Aston Villa at Old Trafford. He scored the winning goal in a remarkable 3-2 victory and has been doing well ever since. Now, he has scored in four consecutive league games and is expected to keep playing well when United go to Villa Park this weekend.
However, Ten Hag wants competition for positions, as he has said before that he likes having two players compete for each role. With Anthony injured for the rest of the season and potentially leaving afterward, Hojlund lacking a competitor is not what Ten Hag desires. Ivan Toney’s impressive 20 goals in the top-flight last season and has continued with two goals in three games this season. Signing him would make a strong statement for United.
The main question is whether the club can afford Brentford’s asking price of £80 million for Toney. Additionally, convincing Toney to share playing time with Hojlund may be necessary. Hojlund has shown his abilities over the past few weeks as he has scored in each of his last five games. Clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea could offer him a guaranteed starting position, which may not be available at United.