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Report: Chelsea joined by London rivals in race for £35million-rated forward

Chelsea are reportedly one of the clubs that are interested in Brentford attacker Ivan Toney.

According to the Sun, the Blues are among the clubs that have been watching the 25-year-old and are keen on him ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

It is understood that right now he’s on Chelsea’s list of potential centre-forward targets, but he’s behind the likes of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku in the club’s thinking.

The report adds that Premier League and London rivals West Ham have joined them in monitoring the English forward, who is valued at £35million.

Toney, who plays for Championship club Brentford, is attracting interest following an amazing individual season so far for his promotion-chasing club.

He’s scored 30 goals and set up 10 assists in 44 league matches this campaign. The striker is someone with pace, strength and quality in the air. 

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If you look at Toney’s season, he definitely deserves a crack at Premier League football next season.

However, Chelsea can afford to be far more ambitious in the transfer window given they are Champions League finalists. 

Thomas Tuchel’s side could do with a clinical striker added to the squad at Stamford Bridge, but it might be a step too far for Toney next season to try join one of England’s elite teams.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.