Brentford striker Ivan Toney has fuelled speculation of a move in 2024 by joining a new agency.
The 27-year-old is poised to return to football in January once he has completed his eight-month FA ban for breaching betting rules.
Toney has joined a new agency in a sign he could be leaving Brentford in 2024CAA Stellar
The Bees striker chipped in with 20 Premier League goals last seasonAFP
Toney was set to be a man in demand this summer following a sensational 2023/23 season where he scored 20 Premier League goals.
But a move away from west London will have to wait until 2024 – and he has taken a huge step in planning his next move.
The one-cap England international has linked up with CAA Stellar – the agency behind Gareth Bale and Jack Grealish’s record-breaking transfers.
Executive chairman Jonathan Barnett played a key role in Bale’s then-record £85m move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013.
And in 2021, CAAB Stellar helped facilitate Grealish’s then-Premier League record £100m transfer to Manchester City from Aston Villa.
Commenting on his switch, Toney said: “It is very timely for me to be joining CAA Stellar.
“It feels like a fresh beginning. Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”
Barnett, CAA Stellar executive chairman, added: “I am very excited that we have signed Ivan.
Toney is currently serving an eight-month FA ban for breaching betting rulesGetty
“He is a great talent and I am sure this is the beginning of a fantastic future for him.”
Along with Grealish, Toney joins Three Lions teammates Ben Chilwell, Kalvin Phillips, Luke Shaw, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and James Ward-Prowse at CAA Stellar.
According to The Times, Brentford have slapped an £80m price tag on Toney, with the Bees resigned to losing him.
They have stated the club are braced to receive bids for the ex-Newcastle centre-forward once his suspensions ends on January 16.
Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with Toney.
But the Gunners could be seen as a more attractive option given his views on Mikel Arteta’s side during his recent appearance on the Diary of a CEO.
He said of the Community Shield winners: “The next club I go to, if I was to move, would be the right club. I’ve been a Liverpool fan my whole life, but from young I’ve liked Arsenal.
“I’ve liked watching Arsenal and how they play and how passionate their fans are.”