Arsenal take steps to sign Ivan Toni but Manchester United are also keena
According to reporters, Arsenal are interested in the 27-year-old striker, and they seem to have jumped ahead of their opponents after being the first to reach a deal.
However, the Gunners still face competition, with Galetti claiming United are also monitoring Toni’s situation so they can challenge Arsenal to sign him in the coming weeks.
Toney is currently suspended for breaching FA gambling regulations. The striker is due to return to action in mid-January and could become a key player for the likes of Arsenal or Manchester United in the second half of the season if he leaves Brentford next month.
The Red Devils need to sign a proven goalscorer to take the goalscoring load off Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Hoylund. Rashford has not been at his best this season and Hoylund is still struggling to cope with the Premier League.
Toney has scored 35 goals for Brentford in the Premier League over the past two seasons and is a proven player in England’s top flight. He could change United’s future and help them finish the season strongly.
The Red Devils have been mediocre by their standards so far and currently sit sixth in the league table. They need quality signings in January to secure a Champions League spot and someone like Toni can inspire the whole squad.
Ivan Toni could cost £100m
The chance to join one of the biggest clubs in the country would be an attractive proposition for the player, but it remains to be seen whether United have formally expressed their interest.
Arsenal currently appear to be in pole position to sign Toni, although any deal would not come cheap, with Brentford reportedly valuing the striker at around £100m.
Arsenal certainly have the wherewithal and muscle to pull off the deal and many believe Toney could be the man to bring the title back to north London if he moves to the Emirates Stadium this winter.
Arsenal need to sign a prolific goalscorer to make up for Jesus’ lack of goals, and Toney would be their ideal acquisition.
It would certainly be interesting to see where Toni ends up if he leaves Brentford in January, but he would be an excellent signing for Arsenal or Manchester United if one of the clubs can get a deal done.