Gabriel Agbonlahor has told Chelsea how to beat Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of Ivan Toney. The 27-year-old striker was heavily linked with an exit from Brentford at the end of last season but, after receiving an eight-month ban for breaching Football Association betting rules in the summer, a transfer collapsed.
Despite having not played in the Premier League since May, Toney continues to attract interest from plenty of top clubs. The England international will be eligible to finally make his full return to action on January 16, but his first competitive game back for the Bees won't be until January 30 against Tottenham.
By then, he'll also have just 18 months remaining on his contract in west London. Despite the little time left on his deal at the Gtech Community Stadium and the possibility that he may no longer be as prolific as he once was, Brentford have reportedly given him a £100million price tag.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor backed Toney to join either Chelsea or Tottenham. The former Aston Villa striker said: «Ivan Toney, for me, Spurs or Chelsea. If Chelsea can work a deal, maybe a 10-year contract, they look to do their contracts long, but I could see him at Chelsea.
»I don’t think [Nicolas] Jackson’s the finished article that Chelsea need and Ivan Toney, imagine the goals he’d score at Spurs or Chelsea, top player."
If Todd Boehly was to take the advice of Agbonlahor and hand Toney a 10-year deal then Chelsea would hardly be sticking to their youthful philosophy if they had a 37-year-old striker leading the line in 2033. Although the Blues have dished out mega contracts like hot cakes over the last 12 months or so.
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