Chelsea warned not to spend £100m on this Premier League striker

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Chelsea don’t need to spend up to £100m to sign a striker in January because they are not in contention for the Premier League title, according to Michail Antonio.

The Blues are rumoured to be in search of a top finisher this January, with Ivan Toney among the names that have so far been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal are also rumoured to be after the Brentford forward, who is currently serving an eight-month match ban, but should be available from mid this month.

Brentford chiefs have already reiterated their intention to keep the 27-year-old, who is said to be valued at £100m, but while Antonio thinks a move for Toney might suit Arsenal considering they’re currently fighting for the league title, the West Ham star believes it makes no sense for Chelsea to go for the player for that amount of money.

Antonio told The Footballer’s Football Podcast: “I believe that to Arsenal he’s worth £100 million. If he was at Arsenal when they played us (West Ham), I believe they probably would’ve won that game… They (Chelsea) need a bagsman but I don’t think they are in dire need like Arsenal.

“To Chelsea, it would probably be more £80 million. Because Ivan Toney is a baller. He is quality. But to Arsenal they need to spend £100 million to try and win the title, Chelsea aren’t winning the title this year so I don’t feel that £100 million on a striker is really relevant for them to be spending.”

Journalist, Simon Phillips recently reported that Chelsea are still pushing to get Toney, although there now also appears to be an interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia.