Brentford expect to promote Ivan Toney this summer season – supervisor Thomas Frank has revealed.
Toney was linked with a January transfer away from west London however Frank insisted no bids have been acquired for the England striker.
The 27-year-old has just lately returned to motion after an eight-month ban for breaching Football Association playing tips.
Frank had maintained all through January that Toney, who made his England debut in 2023 and has hit 34 objectives in 71 Premier League appearances, would keep put.
But now he appears to be bracing to lose one in all his key males on the finish of the season.
“It is relatively obvious that Ivan Toney will probably be sold this summer,” Frank informed Danish journal Tipsbladet.
“It can be ‘expensive’ to sell your best player, but conversely I also know that this summer he only has one year left on his contract with us.
“We also know what he is worth. I don’t think there are many strikers in the world who are better than him right now.”
Asked on switch deadline day whether or not retaining Toney in January proved Brentford have grown as a membership, Frank mentioned: “I think with any player we have a contract in general so at the end of the day we decide if they leave or not.
“Of course money talks and we also know that we are a ‘selling’ club as you could call it – we know that is part of the strategy.”
Frank doubled down on that outlook in his Tipsbladet interview, including: “I would prefer to keep Toney but one day it could be fun to see him in a top team.
“This winter, we actually had no bids for him, but it would surprise me if there aren’t a lot of clubs interested in him.”
Meanwhile, Brentford additionally confirmed Josh Dasilva has suffered one other critical damage setback.
The 25-year-old has struggled with various points in current seasons and can now return beneath the knife.
“Unfortunately, Josh suffered an injury in training over the weekend, while preparing for the Man City game,” head of medical Neil Greig informed the membership’s official web site.
“Subsequent imaging has shown a significant injury to ligaments in his right knee, which will require surgery to repair.
“He’s previously shown an outstanding attitude to adversity and injury recovery, and we have absolute confidence in his capability to fully recovery from this setback.”