In a recent episode of The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett, Ivan Toney, the talented England international, openly acknowledged the allure of a potential move to a club of Chelsea’s stature, characterizing the idea of dismissing such an opportunity as “silly”.
While currently serving a suspension until January due to breaching betting regulations, Toney remains in the spotlight as Chelsea maintains a keen interest in his services for the upcoming January transfer window. As Simon Phillips reports, Chelsea remains consistently informed about Toney’s progress, heightening the anticipation of a potential transfer.
Miguel Delaney, in his revered Reading The Game column, highlights Chelsea’s status as ardent admirers of the Brentford No.17, further underscoring his significance to the West London outfit. The Bees, however, have set a firm valuation of no less than £40 million for their prolific frontman, illustrating the club’s determination to retain their prized asset.
In an intriguing twist, Toney’s aspirations for a grander stage and a more intense competition are revealed, manifesting through his candid response to questions about his hypothetical interest in Chelsea or Manchester United. The 27-year-old striker maintains a composed perspective, explaining, “From a young age, I don’t let this all affect me. But, I think everybody wants to play at the top of the tree.” This sentiment, while respectful of Brentford’s standing, signifies Toney’s ambition to compete at the zenith of football, vying for prestigious honors and accomplishments synonymous with illustrious clubs.
Should an offer closely aligned with the aforementioned valuation find its way to Chelsea’s table, Toney’s receptiveness to the prospect of a Stamford Bridge tenure becomes evident. He articulates, “If the chance was to come along, I think I would be silly not to look more into it. The manager knows I want to be playing at the highest level possible. Whenever that time comes, so be it.” These remarks encapsulate Toney’s candid approach, underscored by an unwavering commitment to maximizing his career’s trajectory, thus laying bare his genuine contemplation of a possible move to the esteemed Chelsea ranks.