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Chelsea want Brentford striker Ivan Toney as Arsenal cool their interest

Chelsea have expressed an interest in signing Brentford striker Ivan Toney ahead of the summer transfer window, according to the Sun.

However, the Blues will face competition from Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United for the services of the England international.

Toney was initially on the radar of Arsenal, but the Gunners have cooled their interest as manager Mikel Arteta does not think he fits into his style of play.

As a result, the North Londoners will likely move on and look elsewhere, giving Chelsea and others the chance to go after the 28-year-old.

The Stamford Bridge club are desperate to bolster their striking ranks, but they must sell before they can buy or risk breaching Profit and Sustainability Rules like Everton and Nottingham Forest.

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly was recently in Saudi Arabia to hold talks over outgoing transfers, which could see them make room for Toney and a few more additions.

The Brentford hitman has four goals in ten Premier League games this term since returning from his betting ban, while he ended last term with 20 goals in 33 league games.

He has expressed his willingness to move on in the summer and is keen to remain in London, and with just a little over a year left on his current contract, the Bees are expected to sell him when the transfer window opens even if they manage to escape relegation.

Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the land despite their recent struggles, and Toney could be keen on joining them after Arsenal all but ended their interest in recruiting his services.

The Blues will not likely be playing European football next term from the look of things as they are currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table after 27 games, which could dissuade the former Newcastle United forward from joining them.

However, he could agree to a move if he can be convinced that he has what it takes to help Chelsea start firing on all cylinders again and challenging for major trophies.

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