Chelsea pull out of transfer because player wants Arsenal

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Ivan Toney of Brentford looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Brentford and Arsenal at Gtech Community Stadium on September 27, 2023. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Ivan Toney in recent months, but Rahman Osman of LondonWorld reports that they’ve decided not to make a bid.

The primary reason behind the decision is reportedly that the player has told close friends he’d prefer to join Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

Toney isn’t keen on moving to Chelsea, and that fact combined with his age (28 in March) has put them off.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Ivan Toney of Brentford looks on during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Nottingham Forest at Brentford Community Stadium on April 29, 2023. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Ivan Toney of Brentford looks on during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Nottingham Forest at Brentford Community Stadium on April 29, 2023. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

At this stage, it doesn’t really seem to matter which clubs are in for Toney, as Brentford don’t want to sell anyway.

Sam Matterface recently reported for talkSPORT that the striker won’t be leaving Brentford in the winter window.

If Toney does leave, it’s going to be in the summer, and Brentford are still trying to tie him down to a new contract before his return from suspension.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Ivan Toney of Brentford reacts during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Nottingham Forest at Brentford Community Stadium on April 29, 2023. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Ivan Toney of Brentford reacts during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Nottingham Forest at Brentford Community Stadium on April 29, 2023. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The Athletic had previously written that Arsenal were interested in Toney, as they believed he’d provide a different option to the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah.

The report claimed the problem was the financial side of such a deal.

The Gunners need to be wary of breaching FFP rules, after spending heavily in the summer window and preparing to spend even more on making David Raya’s loan move permanent.

But it doesn’t look like that’s going to be an issue, with Brentford now not planning to sell at any price.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Ivan Toney of Brentford celebrates after scoring their side's second goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and West Ham United at Brentford Community Stadium on April 10, 2022. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Ivan Toney of Brentford celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and West Ham United at Brentford Community Stadium on April 10, 2022. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

Toney is currently suspended from football due to breaching FA rules on gambling, but he’s back in training, and he’ll be able to play again in January.

Toney scored 20 goals in 33 Premier League games for Brentford last season, before his ban.



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