Brentford are said to have put a price tag on Ivan Toney’s head of over £30 million, with Football Insider reporting that the Bees now value their top scorer as highly as former striker Ollie Watkins, who left for Aston Villa last summer.
Toney has been one of the Championship’s standout performers this term and currently tops the goalscoring charts with 24 league goals to his name already, whilst also laying on nine assists for his teammates in a set of dazzling displays for the West London club.
Given the big impact that the striker has made in such a small amount of time, it is perhaps unsurprising to hear that Brentford would be looking for a substantial fee for their star man if any potential suitors did firm up their interest, with the report going on to state that the player’s value has now rocketed after his exploits.
Originally coming through as a youngster at Northampton Town, Toney then made a high profile move to Newcastle United before ending up at Peterborough United following several loan spells, for whom he would go on to net 49 goals in 94 games for before making the move to link up with the Bees last year.
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The 24-year-old currently has four years remaining on his current contract with Brentford and is likely to only be sold for a significant amount.
It is not at all surprising to see this kind of fee being mentioned for a player of Toney’s calibre, he has been nothing short of sensational during his short time at Brentford so far and deserves all the credit coming his way.
Whether or not he leaves the club this summer is a subject for debate however as I think it will largely depend on what division his club find themselves in next season.
If he keeps banging in the goals, I fully expect to see Brentford in the Premier League next term, a factor which could keep him at the club for the foreseeable future.
However it is still touch and go after their recent poor run of results and for that reason I believe this is a transfer saga that could dominate the headlines for months to come if they continue to falter.