Former Manchester City defender, Micah Richards has hinted at the possibility of Arsenal completing a deal for Brentford striker, Ivan Toney in January. Richards, who is now working as a BBC Sport pundit believes the England striker would be a good fit for Mikel Arteta’s team.
Arsenal have been linked with several strikers ahead of the January transfer window due to the frequent injuries sustained by Gabriel Jesus since his move to the Emirates Stadium last summer.
Speaking on The Rest is Football podcast alongside former Tottenham Hotspur striker Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, Richards believes Arsenal are ready to pounce on the striker despite being linked to other strikers.
Replying to Gary Linker on the podcast, Richards said: “They are touting him about, aren’t they? They are just putting a couple of feelers out there to see how much they can get for him.”
When asked about who he believes are in pole position to sign the striker, Richards responded: “The Arsenal! And Chelsea. I just believe Arsenal with Arteta he can be fluid in the way they play so yes, I do feel he can fit into that style.
“They have Trossard who fits into that false nine, they have Toney who could play further forward, Jesus who can play up-front or on the left or the right. So yes [he would fit].”
Any potential deal for Toney comes with a hefty price tag. Sky Sports disclosed Brentford’s valuation of the striker at a staggering £100 million, reinforcing the club’s stance of retaining him during the January window.
Despite Arsenal’s aspirations to win the Premier League title and the UEFA Champions League with Toney playing a part, Brentford are reportedly standing firm on keeping one of their prized assets unless a significant offer is on the table from the clubs reportedly interested.
Ivan Toney is a wanted man with links to Chelsea, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur. According to TEAMtalk, Real Madrid are also interested in the forward, as they aim to replace Karim Benzema who moved to Saudi Arabia this summer.
Toney is currently serving a ban from betting allegations and is expected to return to action in January.