Arsenal are on the cards for another January transfer derby with their London neighbors, Chelsea as they reportedly eye the signature of Ivan Toney from Brentford following the end of his suspension.
The striker currently battles an eight-month ban after pleading guilty to 232 counts of betting breaches in May 2023.
The ban which was somewhat mitigated due to his known gambling addiction, prohibits him from participating in professional football until January 17, 2024.
According to Mirror Sport, Brentford has signified their willingness to part ways with the English forward, setting a substantial asking price of at least £60 million for his transfer.
Chelsea despite the ban on the Englishman, is closely monitoring the situation on him and could prioritize Toney as their key acquisition during the upcoming winter transfer window.
In a recent development, a report from the Mirror on September 25 suggests that Arsenal has intensified their interest in securing Ivan Toney’s signature.
This intensification of interest sets the stage for a potential transfer showdown between the two prominent London-based clubs in January.
Reports from England indicate that Arsenal’s head coach, Mikel Arteta, views Ivan Toney as a pivotal addition to bolster the club’s prospects of clinching the coveted Premier League title.
The impending tug-of-war between Arsenal and Chelsea brings to memory the winter transfer of 2023 that saw both clubs battle for the signature of Mykhailo Mudryk.