Ivan Toney’s possible January transfer to Arsenal or Chelsea from Brentford has emotions running high, with Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony weighing in on the possible deal from the perspective of the England international’s former club.
FootballTransfers has revealed that Toney wants to move to Arsenal this month but that the Gunners are unwilling to pay the £100 million fee being demanded by Brentford.
Sky Sports had previously claimed that the likes of Peterborough and Newcastle – former clubs of the 27-year-old centre forward – were in line to receive a potentially huge windfall from such a deal, but MacAnthony has stormed into the debate in a bid to put an end to such conjecture.
On ‘The Transfer Show’, it was stated: “It was Peterborough who sold Ivan Toney to Brentford. They have a 30% sell-on, but 30% of that goes to Newcastle.
“So for example, if he went for £100m, £30m would go to Peterborough, £9m would go to Newcastle, so therefore there will be a lot of clubs watching this situation in January, hoping that he makes a big-money move.”
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MacAnthony took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to respond to these claims.
“F*** me all these people in the media have my email to ask the question. Complete misinformation. That even had me double checking the contract just now and the sell-on clause. Nobody pays £10 million for a League 1 signing & pays 30% sell on… nobody,” he claims.
Peterborough are enjoying a fine season in English football’s third tier as they lie third in the standings, while any windfall from a Toney transfer could help further bolster their squad for a promotion push.
Toney scored 49 goals in 94 appearances for the Posh over the course of two seasons and has been just as prolific at Brentford, leading to interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, despite the striker last playing in May following a suspension for gambling.