EFL Championship club Brentford will demand £35m for formerly Rangers linked striker Ivan Toney this summer, according to Football League World.
Rangers and Celtic were both said to be keen to sign Toney last summer following his impressive 24-goal League One campaign with Peterborough United [Daily Record].
However, Brentford won the transfer race in the end, signing the forward for an initial fee in the region of £5 which had the potential to rise to a maximum of £10m with add-ons [Sky Sports].
The transfer has proven to be a masterstroke from the Bees, as Toney had no difficulties whatsoever with the step up to the second tier.
The 25-year-old has scored a whopping 29 goals as well as notching an impressive ten assists in 39 league outings so far this season, firing Brentford to third in the table.
Automatic promotion looks unlikely, but Toney is set to be key over the final stages of the season, as his club look to reach the Premier League via the playoffs.
There’s a fair chance he could be playing in the top flight next season anyway, though, with Arsenal, Leeds and West Ham all reportedly eyeing swoops [TEAMtalk].
Yet, Football League World reports that Brentford have slapped a £35m prize tag on Toney.
It’s suggested that they feel he has more ‘Premier League pedigree’ than Ollie Watkins, who moved from Brentford to Aston Villa last summer for a fee of £28m which could rise to £33m with add-ons [The Guardian].
It would be a remarkable piece of business from Brentford if they were able to achieve such a fee for Toney, but the striker’s numbers are incredible and his age suggests he hasn’t yet reached his peak as a player.
At this point, some Rangers fans may be wondering ‘what if?’
Yet, in Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten, the Gers still managed to bring in two forwards who helped the club to their 55th league title, while there are still plenty of assets in the squad who should earn the club big money over the coming transfer windows.
Meanwhile, an in-form player Rangers were linked with in December is now reportedly on Real Madrid’s radar.