The news of Brentford striker Ivan Toney’s eight-month ban from football is a major setback for Chelsea’s transfer plans. The Football Association (FA) imposed the 27-year-old with a substantial fine of £50,000 and a lengthy suspension for violating 232 of its rules on gambling.

Chelsea had shown interest in signing Toney during the summer transfer window, but with his suspension until January 2024, it is unlikely that he will be available for selection. FootballTransfers had previously reported that Toney was on the Blues’ striker shortlist, with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen no longer an option. Toney’s skill set would have made him a perfect fit for the west London club, which is now left with one less option to solve its scoring woes. Unless Chelsea chooses to sign Toney despite his ban, it is almost certain that their 2023-24 season will start with underwhelming results.

Brentford to open Toney contract talks

According to the Daily Mail, Brentford is intending to initiate contract negotiations with Ivan Toney at the end of the season. The club’s owner, Matthew Benham, had anticipated that offers would come in for the striker during the summer transfer window.

However, he now acknowledges that Premier League teams will likely be hesitant to bid for Toney due to his recent eight-month ban from football. Toney is currently under contract until the end of the 2024-25 season and is valued at £50 million. If Brentford can secure him to a long-term contract in the coming months, his value is expected to soar once he returns to the squad next year.

By Lylla

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