EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is not willing to pay more than £70m for Manchester United target

Kim Min-jae

Ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, wants Ivan Toney as an addition to his squad for the upcoming season. Despite recently acquiring Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta, United seems eager to fortify their attacking lineup further. Ten Hag is personally keeping tabs on Toney as part of his strategic planning for the team’s future.

IVAN TONEY TO MANCHESTER UNITED?

Toney, whose contract has just one year left, has expressed his desire to depart at the conclusion of the current season. Even Brentford’s manager, Thomas Frank, has admitted uncertainty regarding Toney’s stay at the club. However, Manchester United faces competition from Arsenal, who have long harbored an interest in securing Toney’s services.

The potential snag in this transfer saga lies in Brentford’s valuation of Toney at £100 million. Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the head of INEOS and a part-owner of Manchester United, appears hesitant about meeting this valuation. Despite acknowledging the need for substantial investment in player recruitment, Ratcliffe is wary of overpaying for Toney. He is inclined towards a deal closer to £70 million, aiming to avoid triggering a bidding war for the striker.

Ratcliffe’s reluctance to meet Brentford’s asking price stems partly from concerns over Toney’s lack of European playing experience. He believes that a £100 million investment in a player without such exposure may not yield the desired returns, especially in terms of potential resale value as the player ages over the years.

In the eyes of Ratcliffe, securing Toney for a lower fee would not only align with his valuation but also mitigate the risks associated with a hefty investment in an unproven European talent. The strategic outlook includes a focus on optimizing the club’s resources while planning for long-term success.

The potential transfer of Ivan Toney to Manchester United underscores the intricate negotiations and strategic calculations involved in modern football acquisitions. The footballing world awaits to see how this saga unfolds and whether Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s stance will shape the outcome.

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