Transfer expert shares the latest on Chelsea’s interest in £100m-rated Premier League striker

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Chelsea may face a small challenge in their quest to sign Ivan Toney in January, according to ‘Here We Go’ podcaster, Fabrizio Romano.

The Blues are in need of a new striker as they aim to reduce the pressure on Nicolas Jackson, who came in from Villarreal last summer.

Toney has been linked with both Chelsea and Arsenal, even though he is currently serving a lengthy match ban, and hasn’t kicked a ball this season. But that is probably understandable; the 27-year-old scored an impressive 20 goals for Brentford last term.

Getting a top talent like Toney could make a huge difference for Chelsea, who are eyeing a top-four finish this season.

However, Romano has now revealed that Brentford have no intention of selling the player in January, and will try to keep the forward.

A summer sale is more realistic from Brentford’s point of view, although they may still be tempted to sell if the player pushes for a move.

“Brentford will try any way to keep Ivan Toney in January and then sell him in the summer. It’s still not clear if this will be possible but they will try,” Romano wrote for CaughtOffside.

“I’m not aware of any precise info on release clauses and a new deal with Brentford as of today.

“As of now, there is only interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, still no concrete negotiations.”