Brentford are reportedly preparing for a battle over the future of star striker Ivan Toney when the Premier League transfer window reopens in January 2024.
The 27-year-old was issued issued with an eight-month ban from football in May after he admitted culpability over 232 charges relating to breaches of FA betting rules.
Alongside a £50,000 ($62,000) fine, Toney was barred from even training with Brentford until the halfway point of his ban. The England international is now back at the club to work on his fitness ahead of a January return.
Brentford head coach Frank has admitted the club could consider a sale if Toney pushes for an exit, and their Premier League rivals are considering an approach in the mid-season market.
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Despite looking set to come back into the Brentford team when his ban expires in January, Frank offered a pragmatic response over Toney's future during a slot on Sky Sports Monday Night Football in September.
Frank stated Brentford are always in a position to potentially sell key players, with David Raya joining Arsenal on a loan-to-buy deal over the summer, and interest Toney is inevitable.
"I think every club in the world are a selling club except for five or six clubs. We are a selling club, if the right price is there," he said.
"He [Toney] scored 20 goals in the Premier League last year, in, of course, a very good Brentford side but of course we are not creating as many chances as the top six or seven teams.
"Imagine him in a top team, he’d easily score 20, 25 goals, for me. I think he's composed, he's a good finisher, top mentality, so I understand why clubs are looking at him."
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