Chelsea ‘confident’ of signing Prem star ahead of Man Utd, Spurs as ‘main winter objective’ is revealed

Joe Williams
Chelsea transfer target Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney is currently serving a suspension for breaking the FA's betting rules.

Chelsea are ‘confident’ that they will sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney ahead of Manchester United and Tottenham in January, according to reports.

The Blues signed Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson to help Mauricio Pochettino’s side score more goals this season but the former is already out injured until at least November.

Pochettino has had a mixed start to his time at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea losing two, winning two and losing one of his first five matches in charge in all competitions.

In their last match against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League, Chelsea had 21 shots to their opponent’s seven but only two of the Blues’ shots were on target, compared to three from the visitors, who won 1-0.

New striker Jackson has scored one in their four Premier League matches and Chelsea are already looking towards the January transfer window to bring in another attacker.

Spanish publication Fichajes insists that Chelsea have made Brentford’s Toney their ‘main objective’ for the winter transfer market.

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England international Toney was handed an eight-month ban for gambling offences by the English Football Association in May.

The 27-year-old was found by the Football Association to have committed 232 breaches of its betting rules between 2017 and 2021.

It means Brentford’s top scorer in 2022/23 will now not play again until January 2024, with the suspension also prohibiting him from working with his team-mates at the club’s training ground until this month.

Toney has also been heavily linked to Manchester United and Tottenham but Fichajes adds that Chelsea are ‘confident they can complete the signing of Toney’ as they are ‘still looking for a solution to its problems in front of goal’.

The Blues are ‘already planning a strategy to reinforce their attacking line in January’ and Toney ‘has come up again in transfer talks’ after speculation linking him to a move to Stamford Bridge over the summer.

Despite his ban, Chelsea see Toney as ‘the solution to his goal-scoring problems and are willing to wait for his return’ and they hope ‘his arrival could revitalise the team in the second half of the season’.

Toney recently hinted that he is looking to play at a bigger club than Brentford in the near future but that he is currently blocking out all the transfer noise.

“I don’t let this all affect me. Obviously, it will go on in the background but my job is to keep training well when I get the chance,” Toney told the Diary of a CEO YouTube podcast. “In the games, keep scoring and doing well but I think that everybody wants to play at the top of the tree.

“Not that Brentford aren’t there, but I feel like playing for a big club, fighting for trophies, these kind of things, everybody wants to do. If the chance was to come along, I think I would be silly not to look more into it.”