Chelsea and Manchester United could go toe-to-toe over the signing of Brentford striker Ivan Toney, according to reports.
Both clubs are looking to strengthen their attacking options before the transfer window closes on September 1.
United (opens in a new tab) they are aware that Cristiano Ronaldo could fulfill his wish to leave Old Trafford after his failure to qualify for the Champions League this season.
Even if Ronaldo stays past the deadline, the Red Devils may want to bring in an alternate option to compete with Anthony Martial for minutes when Ronaldo is unavailable.
Chelsea’s current veteran centre-forward is Armando Broja, who spent last season on loan at Southampton.
The Blues have loaned Romelu Lukaku back to Inter after his disappointing return to west London last season.
They have not signed a similar replacement for the Belgium international, although they did acquire Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
Chelsea have made Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their main attacking target for the rest of the window, but Barcelona (opens in a new tab) could stay with the Gabon international.
According to the daily mirror (opens in a new tab)both Chelsea and United are eyeing an opportunity for Toney, who has enjoyed an impressive start to the season.
the brentford (opens in a new tab) The striker has scored twice in his first three games of the new season, after finding the back of the net 12 times last season.
Toney is the talisman of Brentford and they won’t want to let him go, especially this late at the window.
But every player has his price, and the Bees may be forced to consider any big offer that comes their way.
Toney is under contract in west London until 2025, and while he certainly has the ambition to play at the highest level, he does not appear to be in a rush to leave Brentford.
Thomas Frank will be desperate to keep the striker as he tries to keep the Bees in the Premier League.
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