Ivan Toney appears destined to leave Brentford in January (Picture: Getty)
The Brentford striker appears destined to leave the Bees when the transfer window reopens and his eight-month ban for breaching betting regulations ends.
Arsenal are likely to be in the market for a new centre forward given the ongoing concerns over Gabriel Jesus’ fitness and Eddie Nketiah’s ability to perform at the top level on consistent basis.
The Gunners, however, are likely to face significant competition from rivals Chelsea’s whose need for a goalscorer is even more is even more obvious and Deeney believes a move to the west London club would suit Toney perfectly.
‘My advice to him would be to join a project where you fit like a glove — and that would be Chelsea,’ the former Watford striker told The Sun.
‘Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino’s biggest problem is still a need for an out-and-out striker. After £1BILLION of spending, where are his 20 goals coming from consistently?
‘So, what is another £100million to them? That’s the going rate for a top player nowadays, and I reckon Brentford would accept £80m plus add-ons.
‘Some may argue Chelsea as a club is a circus. Why would any player, especially one who has been out for a lengthy period, want to get involved there as they hover around mid-table with no European football?
‘But elite strikers have this different sort of mindset and arrogance. Ivan will look at that team, that situation, and think: “Let me show you why I am the Guv’nor.”
‘He may well also be the missing piece to Arsenal’s hunt for the title but they play a style that would force him to change his game quite significantly, getting used to not having as many touches as he would like.
‘Or, Mikel Arteta would have to slightly tweak his own style. I can’t see that happening.’
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Will it be west or north London for the Brentford striker?