Manchester United need Ivan Toney despite Chelsea and Arsenal interest, says Louis Saha

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Brentford's Ivan Toney during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Aston Villa at Brentford Community Stadium on April 22, 2023 in Brentford, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Horton - CameraSport via Getty Images)
Brentford want at least £80m to part ways with Ivan Toney in the January window (Picture: Getty)

Louis Saha feels Manchester United need more attacking options and insists Ivan Toney can ‘adapt to any team’ amid interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.

Brentford striker Toney played in behind-closed-doors friendly this week as he prepares to return from an eight-month betting ban in January.

Chelsea and Arsenal are both plotting a move for the Englishman when the transfer window reopens this winter.

But Saha feels his old club United – as well as Tottenham – could join the race to sign the 27-year-old, who has registered 68 goals and 21 assists across 124 games for Thomas Frank’s side.

‘Ivan can adapt to any team,’ Saha told Betfred. ‘He’s mentally very strong, so I’m confident that he will make the right decision for himself.

Brentford v Arsenal - Carabao Cup Third Round
Toney has a watching brief at the minute (Picture: Getty)

‘He can play in any team because of how strong and technically gifted he is. Ivan’s also very mobile and has the right formula you need to play as a striker for any club.

‘Manchester United certainly need more options up front as all the top clubs have various options to choose from.

‘Tottenham also definitely need another striker because the combination between Son Heung-min and Richarlison isn’t working too well at present, so that’s another possible move for Ivan.

‘All we know is that a lot of teams will be interested in signing him in January and I’m sure he would be a key player at a big club rather than just being another member of the squad.’

Despite Frank’s desire to keen Toney at Brentford, it is believed that the Bees would be open to selling him for around £80m.


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