The Sun have claimed that the Chelsea hierarchy are convinced that Tottenham Hotspur will look to make a move for Ivan Toney in the January transfer window and are preparing to battle their London rivals for the Brentford forward.
The report backs up what we have already heard from other sources by stating that there could be a bidding war for Toney’s signature when his ban lapses in January (Evening Standard).
It is explained that despite Nicolas Jackson’s impressive recent form, Chelsea are keen to sign a centre-forward in January and have set their sights on the 27-year-old.
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The outlet states that the side, who are managed by former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino suspect that Tottenham are poised to make a move for Toney, who is thought to be valued at £100m.
The Sun revealed that Spurs have played down speculation linking them to Toney, claiming they are more focused on adding defensive cover in the upcoming window. Spurs are yet to replace the talismanic Harry Kane, who left N17 to join Bayern Munich earlier this summer.
However, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are not convinced and are preparing to go head-to-head with their rivals for the England international’s signature.
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The publication adds that Chelsea‘s top brass also expect competition from Arsenal for Toney, with the Gunners said to have a ‘long-established interest’ in the Bees star.
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I do not see Tottenham shattering their transfer record in January for Ivan Toney. I would be very surprised if Spurs get involved in a bidding war for the striker.
If Spurs do enter the market for a number nine in January (which I do not expect them to), they will probably pursue one of Gimenez, Vlahovic, or David, who will all likely be available in the £40m-£60m price range.