Manchester United could find a solution in their quest to land a new striker in Ivan Toney – but Fabrizio Romano suggests a deal for the Brentford striker is unlikely to happen in January.
United manager Erik ten Hag has been cleared to spend over £200m this summer. Making six signings, he filled many key gaps in his squad. And the likes of Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen have all had telling impacts so far. Ultimately, there will also be plenty more to come from Casemiro and Antony.
Despite the lavish spending, much remains to be done. Ten Hag has a possible situation to resolve regarding his goalkeeping situation. David De Gea is out of contract next summer, although the Red Devils retain a one-year option on that deal. However, with euro giant hovering, Ten Hag appears to be eyeing Premier League replacement.
Ten Hag will also have to find answers in the attacking department. Cristiano Ronaldo failed to get the start he apparently craved this summer. However, with the opening of the January window only 96 days away, speculation should resume.
That said, they’ve managed without relying too much on Ronaldo so far. Last season’s top scorer with 24 goals has started one Premier League game so far. And there remains a growing sense that Ten Hag could prepare United not to become so reliant on the Portuguese veteran.
Ultimately, however, Manchester United will need another striker. As such, many names have been mentioned as potential targets with Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann mentioned as potential options.
Another name in the frame is Brentford hot-shot Toney.
Ivan Toney happy at Brentford – for now, says Fabrizio Romano
The striker has 144 goals to his name in a nomadic career so far. However, he has now settled down to Brenford and watches every inch one of the Premier League’s elite strikers.
And, having scored five goals in seven games in the competition so far this season, Toney has rightfully earned a recent call-up to the England squad.
And even if he didn’t play against Italy or Germany, the inclusion will have whetted his appetite.
What’s more, it will also have raised his profile amid the Red Devils links.
Leeds United would also be interested in the striker as they look to add more firepower to their ranks.
However, talks of a January deal have been firmly put to bed by trusted transfer guru Romano.
Speaking on the Que Golazo YouTube Channel, he claims that Toney is happy with the bees for now. He also claims that any deal for Toney will cost his suitors a fee of at least £40-45m.
“More than January, I think it could be in the summer,” Romano replied when asked if Toney could move.
“The player is happy at Brentford and the project is very good for the future. But it will be more than 40 or 45 million to sign Ivan Toney at the moment.”
Striker will be on the shopping lists of many clubs
At 26, Toney is nearing his peak. And with only Erling Haaland and Aleksandar Mitrovic having scored more, he regularly shows he knows the way to goal.
Manchester United’s interest in the player has never been officially confirmed. But it wouldn’t be a surprise if they came for it, with an expert suggesting a move is something they will consider.
Chilling on penalties, capable of taking an excellent free-kick and a formidable opponent for any defender, Toney would fit in easily at Old Trafford.
Leeds United are also reportedly planning an ambitious move. They have lingering concerns over the fitness of England cap Patrick Bamford. Due to injuries, he has only one Premier League goal left in the last 12 months.
Further down the line, they also have the record signing of Rodrigo out of contract in 2024. Leeds appear unlikely to extend that deal after a relatively poor goalscoring return from the striker. As such, Rodrigo and Leeds face a potential parting ways this summer.
And although Leeds have a number of talented young forwards, they can look to Toney as an instant source of goals.
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