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Ivan Toney fires clear one-word message as Arsenal and Chelsea mount January transfer battle

Ivan Toney fires clear one-word message as Arsenal and Chelsea mount January transfer battle

Brentford’s standout player, Ivan Toney, has delivered a concise message to potential clubs interested in acquiring his services as he continues his comeback to professional football. 

Earlier this year, the England international confessed to committing 232 betting-related offenses, resulting in an eight-month suspension from football imposed by the FA. 

This ban will be lifted in January 2024, allowing him to participate in competitive matches once again.

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In recent weeks, Toney has been gradually reintegrating into training and playing for Brentford. 

His return to the field occurred during a closed-door friendly match against Italian side Como, where he managed to score a goal. 

Following this game, Brentford manager Thomas Frank shared what he discussed with Toney prior to his first appearance in nearly five months.

“It was so good, spoke with him just before he entered the pitch and said ‘enjoy it,’ [he said] ‘I will’ and you can see he really enjoyed getting out there just to play football,” Frank said when asked what it was like to have the club’s talisman back in action. 

“He looked like he enjoyed it and he does what Ivan does, he scored a goal so it was very good to see he was happy after.”

The 27-year-old is anticipated to leave Brentford in an upcoming transfer window, which may materialize in the next few months. 

Arsenal and Chelsea have expressed interest in securing his services, while Tottenham and Liverpool have also been mentioned as potential destinations. 

Chelsea has been seen as the primary contenders, especially because they chose not to sign a top-tier natural striker during the summer transfer window.

Nonetheless, it now appears that Arsenal has taken the lead over their fellow London rivals. It has come to light that Mikel Arteta and Edu were ready to approach Brentford for Toney during the summer, but the ban prevented the move. 

Additionally, it has been revealed that Toney himself is eager for the transfer.

According to the Daily Mail, Toney is keen on a move to Arsenal in January, and Arteta believes that his character and physical attributes align with the team’s requirements. While on holiday during the international break, Toney has posted a one-word message on social media.

On Instagram, Toney has posted a video of himself on an exercise bike with the caption, “showtime” before panning up to the Dubai skyline showing where he is currently located. 

Even though he had to train in isolation for a significant portion of the summer, Toney has consistently shared updates on his off-pitch activities. This could be seen as a direct message to the teams interested in acquiring his services, indicating that he will be in excellent shape and fully prepared to contribute in January, despite the lack of substantial on-field action.

Ivan Toney fires clear one-word message as Arsenal and Chelsea mount January transfer battle

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