Chelsea are strongly considering making an offer to Brentford for striker Ivan Toney in the January transfer window, multiple sources have told football.london. The 27-year-old will return from his eight-month ban in the middle of January and is open to leaving the Bees.
The Blues are long-term admirers of Toney and with Brentford willing to sell him in January, a move could be made in the new year or perhaps in the summer, should Chelsea choose to trust their current crop of central attacking options. Chelsea really rate Nicolas Jackson but he could be missing for up to a month in January as he goes off to represent Senegal in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
Mauricio Pochettino is also a fan of Armando Broja but the club do not want to place too much reliance on the Cobham graduate, who recently returned to actions after almost a year on the sidelines with a serious knee injury. Chelsea do not yet know what sort of impact Christopher Nkunku will have upon his imminent return, and likewise we do not know what position the club see the France international playing.
So an offer for Toney is certainly being considered and Brentford are said to be open to selling the striker. Some reports claim that the Bees will offload the forward should they receive an £80million offer for his services.
In recent windows, paying such a fee would come as no problem for Chelsea because the club have spread the cost of signing players across very long contracts. For instance, Mykhailo Mudryk was signed for a fee believed to be around £88million but because he was brought in on an eight-and-a-half year deal, it works out at just over £10million every 12 months.
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