Arsenal, Newcastle United on alert over Ivan Toney future

Talks between Ivan Toney and Brentford over a new contract have stalled, alerting suitors like Arsenal and Newcastle United.

According to a report by TEAMtalk, Arsenal and Newcastle United are interested in signing Ivan Toney in the summer transfer window. And the two Premier League heavyweights are on alert over the possibility of signing the 27-year-old, whose talks with Brentford over a new contract have stalled.

The Rise and Rise of Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney has been a pivotal figure for Brentford since joining them from Peterborough United in September 2020. A native of Northampton, the English striker graduated from the Northampton Town youth division over a decade ago. But he rose in prominence after moving to Brentford.

The 27-year-old has been a prolific striker at the Gtech Community Stadium, with his stock rising while he was serving a suspension for illegal betting. But Toney has shown that he has not missed a step during his absence from the pitch, scoring three goals in four appearances thus far this term.

A Man in Demand

Meanwhile, the player’s progress has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs across Europe. European bigwigs like Real Madrid are keen on signing Ivan Toney. But a move across the Premier League appears likely, with Arsenal and Newcastle United vying for his signature. And suitors are now on alert, with his contract talks with Brentford stalling.

Arsenal’s interest in Toney is understandable. Mikel Arteta has two strikers in his squad, but neither has been clinical or prolific in the final third. While Gabriel Jesus brings a certain skill-set to the table, he has not been productive in front of the goal. So, it behoves Arsenal to sign a striker, with the Brentford attacker emerging as a viable target.

As for Newcastle United, the Magpies also want a striker amid uncertainties surrounding the long-term future of Callum Wilson. In addition, Alexander Isak has struggled with fitness issues throughout his Newcastle United stint. So, the Magpies need a centre-forward this summer, with Toney being an option worth considering.

Other top Premier League clubs like Manchester United are also interested in Toney, although they will not enter a bidding war. But with his contract talks stalling, several outfits will clamour for his signature in the coming weeks.

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