July 12, 2024

Arsenal may find a solution to their Ivan Toney transfer quandary with the assistance of Real Madrid in the upcoming January transfer window. Mikel Arteta is eager to secure a new forward to bolster the Gunners’ quest for the Premier League title this season.

Ivan Toney, an England international, is currently serving an eight-month suspension from football due to a breach of Football Association betting regulations. In his pursuit of a move away from Brentford, Toney has switched agents, attracting interest from Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham.

Brentford has established a £60 million price tag for Toney’s potential transfer in January. However, Arsenal must offload players to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations before making a move for the English striker. This could lead to several of Arteta’s current squad members being made available for sale to generate the necessary funds for Toney’s acquisition.

Ivan Toney apologises to fans for saying 'f*** Brentford' in social media  video while partying in Dubai - Eurosport

Nevertheless, it appears that Real Madrid could play a significant role in helping Arsenal secure a substantial portion of the required funds to sign the Brentford standout. Los Blancos are reportedly contemplating a £45 million bid to acquire Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus, following Karim Benzema’s departure to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia during the summer.

As reported by Sport, both Madrid and Barcelona had expressed interest in Jesus before he joined Arsenal in 2021. The report also indicates that the Brazilian forward has remained on Madrid’s radar, with the Spanish giants closely monitoring his performance.

Jesus has managed just four goals in 11 appearances this season, partly due to an injury that sidelined him at the start of the 2023/24 campaign. Criticism has been directed at his inconsistent scoring record. Should he depart, it would enable Arsenal to generate the necessary funds for Toney’s transfer while creating a vacancy in Arteta’s squad for the 27-year-old to assume a prominent role as the first-choice striker at the Emirates Stadium.

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