Report: PL rivals ready to open talks with banned Manchester United transfer target

Brentford to open contract talks with Manchester United target Ivan Toney

Premier League rivals Brentford are set to open contract talks with Ivan Toney amidst interest from Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail (h/t Mirror).

The England international received an eight-month ban for breaching the Football Association’s strict betting rules. But still, a number of clubs in the English top flight are eyeing a move for the striker.

Earlier, the Bees were willing to listen to offers for him. However, now, a transfer next summer looks unlikely. As a result, the Gtech Community Stadium side will look to secure the 27-year-old’s future instead.

Brentford to open contract talks with Manchester United target Ivan Toney.
Brentford want to offer Manchester United target Ivan Toney a new contract. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Toney signed for Brentford in the summer of 2020 from Peterborough United. Over the years, he has been a pivotal player for the West London-based club. However, the forward’s existing deal will come to its conclusion in June 2025.

Since the Bees’ promotion to the PL for the 2021/22 season, the 27-year-old has showcased his talent. Thomas Frank has done a tremendous job keeping the Gtech Community Stadium side’s top-flight status.

In the current campaign, the English national has taken his game to the next level. The striker has found the back of the net 20 times in 33 appearances in the league.

United’s front line has immense talent out wide. Unfortunately, in the number nine position, Anthony Martial and Wout Weghorst are the only options for Erik ten Hag for now.

The former AS Monaco star has been injury-prone for most of the season. On the other hand, the Burnley loanee has been underwhelming in front of goal when he has featured.

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Toney has proven himself in the PL in the current campaign. However, the 27-year-old’s ban evidently makes a move in the coming months complicated. Therefore, it would be wise for the Red Devils to focus on other targets next summer.