Ivan Toney was one of the most coveted strikers in the Premier League in the summer transfer window, and Chelsea have been urged to wrap up a deal.
Todd Boehly has been told that Chelsea will win the Premier League in the next two years if Ivan Toney pens a deal at Stamford Bridge. The 26-year-old striker was heavily linked with an exit from Brentford in the summer following an impressive maiden campaign in the Premier League.
Toney has featured 43 times for the Bees in the top flight, directly contributing towards 27 goals. His impressive displays – and eye-catching penalty-taking style – has reportedly attracted the attention of several clubs while also earning comparisons to Didier Drogba.
According to the Mirror in August, Chelsea were weighing up a bid for Toney as Thomas Tuchel looked to bolster his strike force following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. However, the former Blues boss prioritised the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and he was welcomed to Stamford Bridge instead.
With Tuchel no longer in the dugout, it remains to be seen whether Chelsea still hold an interest in Toney. Though, Potter does want to sign a striker in January, according to French outlet Jeunes Footeux.
Nonetheless, Boehly has been assured that signing the Brentford talisman, who is said to have a £40million asking price, will give Graham Potter a huge boost towards lifting the Premier League title.
Speaking on the ‘The Hard Truth’ podcast, Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony insisted that the striker is the perfect heir to Drogba’s throne. MacAnthony oversaw Toney’s breakthrough into the EFL, scoring 49 goals in 94 appearances for the Posh.
“Ivan is on a different level,” the Peterborough United chief said. “Is there a better number nine at Chelsea? Is there a better number nine at Manchester United?
“Chelsea are looking great under Potter, but they don’t have a number nine like a Drogba. Ivan Toney is Chelsea’s Drogba, I’m telling you right now. Remember what type of player Drogba was, look at Toney, the physicality, leading the line, and giving defenders nightmares. Everything about him, big goals at big moments, a leader and a match-winner.
“I don’t think a lot of clubs have £100 million to spend in January. The only one would be Chelsea if Todd Boehly has any sense with his people. It’s really funny because we tried to sell him, Brighton, when Graham Potter was there. We had Barry Fry try and contact the owner, but he was out in Australia.
“I know he wasn’t a happy man because when he got back, he had missed calls off Baz, and nobody at the time said to him he had missed calls, and I know they feel they missed out on one. I think if Ivan Toney went into the Chelsea team, they could battle with Man City. Get Toney to Chelsea, and they would win the title in the next two years.”