Brentford confirms a replacement for Ivan Toney

04:36 - 15/02/2024 - Admin

Brentford Football Club seems prepared for the likely departure of star striker Ivan Toney next season by already confirming his replacement will arrive this summer 2024. Toney had drawn January transfer interest from London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, and while no deal materialized, both sides are expected to ramp up negotiations again once the 2024 summer window opens.

Manchester United has also monitored Toney’s situation and aims to compete with the two London clubs to sign the 27-year-old’s signature during the offseason. Brentford manager Thomas Frank has openly admitted Toney could be sold at season’s end, making his exit seem all but inevitable.

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Brentford confirms a replacement for Ivan Toney

That’s because Brentford announced on Wednesday the signing of striker Igor Thiago from Belgian side Club Brugge, with the Brazilian striker having signed a five-year contract to officially join the London club this upcoming summer.

In the official press release, Frank described Thiago as a “key player for a key position,” clearly hinting that the new signing will replace Toney in the squad for the 2024/2025 season. Frank told the Brentford website, “I’m pleased we have been proactive in every situation. We have signed an important player for an important position. Igor is a very exciting striker who fits our team well. He works hard and is a very good pressing player. He also has a good physique, works well in the box, and can link play. He is progressing well in the Belgian league and has great potential, so we look forward to seeing him in the red and white.”

By already securing Toney’s long-term replacement, Brentford continues to demonstrate impressive squad planning and foresight. The versatile Thiago will aim to quickly adapt to the English game next season while Toney likely moves on to a bigger Premier League club willing to meet Brentford’s high asking price for their star goal scorer.

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