Manchester United’s pursuit of a striker this summer is expected to be a very expensive one.
The Times report Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen are key targets, expected to cost around £100 million plus, while alternative Dusan Vlahovic would also cost around two-thirds of this figure.
A cheaper and still prolific option could be Brentford striker Ivan Toney, who has had an eventful season.
Toney has scored 17 goals in 26 games for the Bees this season – including a winner against City.
The case for Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney has recently been called up into the England squad. This is significant as it comes despite him accepting breaking betting rules, Sky Sports reported.
This call-up for the Three Lions is a sign Toney’s admission won’t count against him long-term. He is still playing on for Brentford, and has been scoring regularly.
Toney is the third highest scorer in the Premier League behind only Erling Haaland and Harry Kane, with two more league goals than Marcus Rashford.
The Brentford forward is a traditional centre-forward who could fulfil the Wout Weghorst role with extra goals.
He also has four league assists, which is more than Harry Kane’s two this season.
Toney scored against Manchester United last season and also caused problems for the Red Devils in their 4-0 win back in August.
In comparison to Harry Kane who would cost towards £100 million, Toney may cost closer to £40 million, iNews reported.
Speaking to Brentford’s website earlier this month, manager Thomas Frank said: “He’s been scoring goals, performing for the team and driving the team. He’s remarkable.
“Ivan trains well and he’s clearly the number two striker in England, that’s proven by his goals and performances.”
Toney, 27, could be a very good value option for Manchester United, allowing funds to be spread around, potentially with a younger striker, a goalkeeper, centre-back and midfielder.
Having looked like he may be off the table entirely due to his FA charges, his recent England call should clear the path for a potential deal.