In order to add a new striker to their roster this winter, Chelsea may need to look beyond Ivan Toney of Brentford.
Because Brentford is certain to hold him for the remainder of the season and because of concerns about his valuation, they will search overseas for another forward.
According to Mirror reports, “Chelsea are facing further frustration in their quest to sign a marquee striker for Mauricio Pochettino in January.”
“Although extensive plans for the winter market are continuing to take shape behind the scenes, the brutal reality of the situation is the Blues may now have to wait until the summer of 2024 to land the best long-term option for the Argentine’s project.
“Toney will be free to return to action in mid-January following his respective FA ban but with Brentford team-mates Bryan Mbeumo and Yoanne Wissa off to the Africa Cup of Nations, he has never been more important. A mid-season sale would defy all logic for Thomas Frank, whose attacking options will be significantly depleted for up to four Premier League matches.
“Sources suggest Brentford now value Toney at £100m, although it’s understood offers in the region of £80m would likely be considered.
“Chelsea could therefore be forced to consider alternative names such as Feyenoord’s Santiago Gimenez, Bayer Leverkusen’s Victor Boniface – also off to AFCON – and RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko, who have all built commendable reputations with their goalscoring exploits in Europe.”