David Ornstein offers update on Ivan Toney transfer race amid Spurs and Arsenal links

David Ornstein has revealed in his Ask Ornstein Q&A on The Athletic that Arsenal are far from guaranteed to move for rumoured Tottenham target Ivan Toney in the summer.

Toney will have just a year left on his contract at the Gtech Community Stadium next summer and the centre-forward thus looks set to be one of the hotly contested players of the window.

It was reported by HITC earlier this month that Tottenham are one of the clubs plotting a move for the 27-year-old after he decided against signing a new deal with the Bees.

The outlet explained that the Lilywhites will battle the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Chelsea for the England international’s signature.

This was subsequently backed up a couple of weeks ago by Football Insider, who claimed that Ange Postecoglou wants to sign an ‘A-list’ striker next summer, with the club ready to battle the Premier League’s heavy hitters for the Brentford star.

However, it was subsequently suggested by CaughtOffside that it is Arsenal who are currently the favourites to land Toney, with the outlet asserting that the Gunners are ‘well-placed’ to sign the player.


Arsenal move far from certain for Ivan Toney

While Ornstein has now confirmed that Mikel Arteta is keen on adding a number nine to his squad, he played down suggestions that a move for Toney is imminent.

The journalist stated that while the Brentford star is on Arsenal’s radar, there is no suggestion that he is their top choice at the moment.

Ornstein added that Tottenham’s North London rivals are also looking at other options, including the likes of Victor Osimhen, Benjamin Sesko, Evan Ferguson, Santiago Gimenez, Viktor Gyokeres, Joshua Zirkzee and Victor Boniface.

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I believe that Arsenal would be Toney’s top choice in the summer but if the Gunners were to decide to pursue some other striker, that could potentially give Spurs a great chance to win the race for the 27-year-old, particularly if we manage to qualify for the Champions League.

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