Chelsea open talks with Toney despite his long ban

Ivan Toney was banned for 8 months for gambling.

TRANSFERS Chelsea open talks with Toney despite his long ban

Kiplagat Sang 16:55 - 13.07.2023

The striker was slapped with a ban after he was found guilty of gambing, against FA rules.

Despite serving an eight-month ban, Chelsea have reportedly opened talks with Brentford striker Ivan Toney.

Chelsea’s sporting director, Paul Winstanley, is said to be working on a plan to reach an agreement with other directors to make a move for Toney in January. Should the Blues decide to make the move, the England international is open to a transfer switch in the winter transfer window.

Chelsea averaged a goal per game last season, finished 12th, and missed out on European football, and Mauricio Pochettino is keen on bolstering the squad, especially the frontline.

Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku from Villarreal and RB Leipzig, respectively, are the players that Chelsea have signed so far, but pundits claim they will need a more established and experienced centre-forward. Although they have made two signings so far, the departure of Mason Mount and Kai Havertz has depleted their squad a great deal.

David Datro Fofana left on a loan deal to Hertha Berlin, and Joao Felix has returned to Atletico Madrid, after his loan spell at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have been linked with Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic and Inter’s Lautaro Martinez after being priced out of a deal for Napoli’s Victor Osimhen. But a new intrigue is emerging as the Blues can put off their search for a striker until January in order to sign Toney.

The England international had been linked with Chelsea before he was banned by the FA after he was found guilty of gambling, and the suspension means he will only resume training on September 17.

He scored 20 goals last season in 33 games, and that makes him an elite Premier League striker despite the ban.