Reports: Chelsea decide not sign £50 player this summer

Reports have claimed that Chelsea have now decided that they don’t want to sign Ivan Toney this summer.

According to the Evening Standard, the Blues have been put off by the ban the striker has received for his recent gambling-related charges.

It had previously been claimed that Toney was near the top of the shortlist for the Blues as they looked to address the very public issues in front of goals.

The likes of Kai Havertz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling have not been consistently able to find the net, although the Englishman did net a brace against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

The Brentford man was one of the players that they were reportedly looking to try and sort this, and they’ve already received a rave review from his current manager, Thomas Frank.

He made it clear that he wouldn’t even swap his man for Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, who has been setting all sorts of records in his first season in England.

Chelsea now don’t want Toney
It was always going to be a pricey deal, with fees of around £50m being discussed as what would be required to bring him in.

However, the news that he will not be available to even train until 2024 has made spending that amount of money a lot less viable an option.

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli heads the ball during the Serie…
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Instead, it is likely the Blues will move towards one of their other candidates to fill the void.

They have been strongly linked with the signing of Victor Osimhen from Napoli, after his sensational campaign led them to Serie A glory.

However, Chelsea will be safe in the knowledge that they are going to face plenty of competition for the transfer, with many of Europe’s elite sides absolutely interested in a potential addition.

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