Manchester United boss Ten Hag keen on signing Arsenal transfer target who plays in Premier League: Reports

Erik ten Hag is a fan of the Arsenal target.
Erik ten Hag is a fan of the Arsenal target.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is reportedly an admirer of Brentford striker Ivan Toney and would be open to bringing the Arsenal target to Old Trafford. The English frontman is one of the Premier League's most in-demand forwards amid an impressive spell at the Gtech.

The United Stand's Sam C reports that the Red Devils have done their due diligence on Toney. Ten Hag likes the Bees man, which could result in a move being made for the three-cap England international.

Toney, 28, returned in January from an eight-month ban for breaching Premier League betting rules. He posted four goals and two assists in 17 games across competitions.

Arsenal have long been linked with the former Newcastle United youngster but reportedly have reservations about his character. When speaking earlier this year, Brentford boss Thomas Frank slapped a £100 million price tag on his forward.

Manchester United will enter their first summer transfer window under INEOS' sporting control. Several areas of Ten Hag's team look likely to be strengthened, including in attack.

Rasmus Hojlund, 21, arrived from Serie A side Atalanta last summer, but many expected a more established forward would join him at Old Trafford. The Red Devils relied solely on the Dane as Anthony Martial spent most of the season sidelined.

Toney was one of the Premier League's most prolific frontmen during the 2022-23 season. With 20 goals in 33 league games, he finished only behind Erling Haaland and Harry Kane in the Golden Boot race.

"My main focus" - Ivan Toney says he's concentrating on Euro 2024 despite Arsenal and Manchester United links

Ivan Toney will be at Euro 2024 with England amid Arsenal and Manchester United links.
Ivan Toney will be at Euro 2024 with England amid Arsenal and Manchester United links.

Toney is set to represent England at Euro 2024 after Gareth Southgate named him in his squad for the tournament in Germany. He will play second fiddle to Three Lions captain Harry Kane.

The Brentford striker spoke about his future while with his national team for the Euros. He told talkSPORT he's focused on his first major international competition despite talk of a potential move to Arsenal or Manchester United:

"I have a year left. Going into a major tournament, that is my main focus now. But after this, I’ll be going back to Brentford and I will be a Brentford player still."

Toney was adamant he'd be prepared to make the step up and join a big club if the opportunity arose:

"Obviously, if it was to come, I would be ready. But I’ve got to remained focused and not let other things and other noise get the best of me and just focus on what I need to do for my club."

Arsenal are eyeing a new striker this summer as Mikel Arteta eyes more firepower. The Gunners were tracking RB Leipzig's Benjamin Sesko but the Slovenian striker has signed a new deal with the Bundesliga giants.

Toney was another target, but his character appears to be causing hesitancy at the Emirates. This could open the door for Manchester United to swoop for a Premier League-proven frontman.

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Edited by Matthew Guyett
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