Arsenal have made the decision to step up their interest in Brentford striker Ivan Toney ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports.
While the Gunners appear as frontrunners, Chelsea and Tottenham could also enter the race for the 27-year-old in the winter window with his eight-month ban from football for betting offences ending in mid-January.
The England international scored 20 Premier League goals last season with a big move away from the Bees looking likely in the coming windows. Brentford boss Thomas Frank recently discussed the future of his talisman, who recently returned to team training, with an exit not being ruled out.
“I think every club in the world is a selling club apart from five or six clubs. We are a selling club if the right price is there,” Frank admitted on Monday Night Football. “I think it’s the right timing for the player to go, that is not my decision in the end.
“If they build well with us on this journey, and now prove they are good enough to go to the top clubs, but for the right price. Yes, it does apply to him too (Toney), I understand why there are a lot of rumours out there, for me, as a striker and a number nine, I don’t see many others better than him in the world.
“You have [Harry] Kane, Robert [Lewandowski], and [Erling] Haaland, but not many scored 20 goals in the Premier League for a very good Brentford side of course, we are not creating as many chances as the top six teams, so imagine him in a top team, he would easily score 20/25 goals.”