The 27-year-old Ivan Toney has a year left on his contract with Brentford, and previously expressed his intention "to play for a top club". Toney has already found the net twice since his return from an eight-month ban for betting offences. But, Thomas Frank thinks that Ivan Toney is likely to leave Brentford this summer, assuming the club receives a suitable offer for the striker's services.
Toney recently returned from an eight-month ban for betting offenses and has already scored two goals against Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur in his first two appearances of the Premier League season. “It is relatively obvious that Ivan Toney will probably be sold this summer,” Frank told the Danish media.
“We also know what he is worth. I don’t think many strikers in the world are better than him right now. He is a skilled striker who is in his prime football age. Personally, as a coach, I would prefer to keep Toney but one day it could be fun to see him on a top team."
Arsenal and Chelsea are both linked with Toney, but Frank revealed that the club had received no offers in January for the frontman.
"You can never predict when is the right time to move elsewhere. But, I think it's obvious I want to play for a top club. Everybody wants to play for a top club that is fighting for titles. Whether it's this January that is the right time for a club to come in and pay the right money, who knows? But my main focus is to do what I do on the pitch, and let the background work take care of itself," Toney said in an interview.
Toney wants to take his place back in England's squad. He wants to compete with Harry Kane and to do that, he will have to be more consistent than ever.
"To be the best, you have to play with the best and compete against the best," Toney added. "We all know Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world and he's been doing it for some years now. If I want to be England's No 1, then I have to compete against him. He's not a bad striker to be taking tips off and be training with. I just have to keep scoring goals, keep playing well and then who knows what could happen? If I just fall short, then hopefully I can become the second best in the world," the striker concluded.