Arsenal eager to sign 25-year-old English centre-forward

Championship club Brentford have slapped a £35m valuation on striker Ivan Toney amid serious transfer interest from PL giants Arsenal. The 25-year-old striker came through the youth ranks at Northampton United before joining Newcastle United.

His spell with the Magpies was largely spent away on loan as he had spells with the likes of Barnsley, Shrewsbury Town, Wigan Athletic, Scunthorpe United before joining Peterborough United on a permanent transfer in 2018.

Having enjoyed an impressive two-year stint with the Posh, during which he scored 49 goals in 94 matches, Ivan was snapped up by Brentford in the summer last year as a replacement for Ollie Watkins who joined Aston Villa. And Toney has thrived in his debut season with the Bees, leading their charge for a playoff spot finish.

So far in 2020/21, Ivan has featured 39 times in the Championship, amassing a tally of 29 goals and 10 assists, sitting comfortably at the top of the goalscoring charts in the tournament. The 25-year-old striker’s form hasn’t gone unnoticed with the Gunners among several PL teams expressing an interest in signing him.

As things stand, Arsenal have three senior strikers in the form of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. All three haven’t been at their best this campaign, and with the latter two entering the final year of their contracts, Arsenal are considering the possibility of offloading them at the end of the season.

Given Aubameyang’s faltering form, there have been murmurs that the Spanish manager & co. could listen to offers for him as well.