Golden chance for Man United to sign Rasmus Hojlund partner as PL club could slash £70m from star striker’s price tag

Brentford likely to agree cut-price fee for Ivan Toney in the summer

As reported by Express, Brentford may agree to let Ivan Toney go in the summer for way lower than the £100m price tag they were fixated on earlier in the season.

Ever since returning from his eight-month betting ban, the England international has hit the ground running, resuming business as usual with four goals and an assist in 13 Premier League appearances.

Toney will have suitors come summer, but Brentford may not be in a position to demand a hefty price for his services.

Toney has scored 72 goals and provided 22 assists in 137 appearances during his time at Brentford. (Source: Transfermarkt) (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
Toney has scored 72 goals and provided 22 assists in 137 appearances during his time at Brentford. (Source: Transfermarkt) (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Toney is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract and is a year older now, prompting the likelihood of Brentford willing to consider offers between £30 million and £40 million, which would still result in the Bees earning a huge profit on the £10 million they paid Peterborough for his services some four years ago.

It also needs to be kept in mind that the Bees are flirting with relegation this season, currently lying in 15th, four points off 18th-placed Luton. Should they go down, expect Toney’s price to take another hit, despite a bidding war likely to ensue among Man United, Chelsea, and Arsenal.

Toney fits for United, but not alongside Rasmus Højlund

Ivan Toney, by virtue of his player profile, recent performances for club and country, and temperament, absolutely fits the bill for the kind of striker United need.

While it is unlikely that Erik ten Hag would consider putting Højlund and Toney alongside each other, they could rotate the “Number 9” role between themselves, something the Dane would welcome.

Putting all of the goalscoring responsibilities on the shoulders of a 20-year-old who had barely had one full season in a top European division was folly on United’s part in the first place.

Højlund has produced 13 goals and 2 assists from 34 appearances during his first season at Old Trafford. (Source: Transfermarkt) (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Højlund has produced 13 goals and 2 assists from 34 appearances during his first season at Old Trafford. (Source: Transfermarkt) (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

While the Denmark international has shown promising signs this season, it’s only prudent to pair him up in the squad with a senior figure in his prime like Toney, who could take the responsibility of delivering for the team week in, week out from him so he could focus on developing himself over the next two to three years.

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For a cut-price deal, the 28-year-old would be an excellent mid-term solution for the Red Devils and back himself to spearhead the new dawn at Old Trafford.