Paul Merson backs Chelsea to try and sign £100m striker this summer

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Paul Merson has stated that he thinks Chelsea will be involved in the race for the signing of Brentford striker, Ivan Toney this summer.

Toney has started playing football again, after missing the first part of the season due to an eight-month match ban imposed on him by the Premier League for breaching the division’s betting rules.

The 27-year-old already has two goals since his return, amid reports he will be leaving Brentford at the end of the season.

Chelsea are expected to be in the market for a new striker this summer, and have been linked with an interest in the England international, along with rivals, Arsenal, and Merson has now given his thoughts on the player’s future.

He told Sportskeeda: “Thomas Frank said in an interview that Brentford received no offers for Ivan Toney in January and also confirmed that the Englishman will leave the club at the end of the season.

“I think Chelsea could be in the running to snap him up, but they’ve also been linked with Victor Osimhen, so you never know. I thought Arsenal would make a move for him in January, but that didn’t happen.

“It all depends on how the rest of the current campaign goes, but as things stand, I have no clue where he lands up.”