Brentford Expecting To Lose Ivan Toney This Summer

Brentford manager Thomas Frank has little hope of retaining the services of star striker Ivan Toney this summer.

Feb 7, 2024 - 19:47
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Brentford Expecting To Lose Ivan Toney This Summer

Toney has only just recently returned from an eight-month ban for betting breaches and has scored two goals in three Premier League games since his return.

Toney continues to attract interest from some of the Premier League's more glamorous clubs and will have just one more year left on his contract at the end of this season.

“It is relatively obvious that Ivan Toney will probably be sold this summer,” Frank told Danish magazine Tipsbladet.

“It can be ‘expensive’ to sell your best player, but conversely I also know that this summer he only has one year left on his contract with us.

“We also know what he is worth. I don’t think there are many strikers in the world who are better than him right now.”

Asked on transfer deadline day whether keeping Toney in January proved Brentford have grown as a club, Frank said: “I think with any player we have a contract in general so at the end of the day we decide if they leave or not.

“Of course money talks and we also know that we are a ‘selling’ club as you could call it – we know that is part of the strategy.”

Frank doubled down on that outlook in his Tipsbladet interview, adding: “I would prefer to keep Toney but one day it could be fun to see him in a top team.

“This winter, we actually had no bids for him, but it would surprise me if there aren’t a lot of clubs interested in him.”

Toney has one cap for the England national team.