Ivan Toney's potential loan move to Arsenal has suffered serious setback


Ivan Toney's potential loan move to Arsenal has suffered serious setback

Ivan Toney's potential loan move to Arsenal has been thwarted due to current Premier League rules that would block the deal going through. 


The Gunners have been heavily linked with a switch for the England international, who is serving the final month of his ban for breaches of FA betting regulations.


The Brentford forward has impressed since reaching the Premier League stage, offering a keen ability off the ball as well as the goalscoring aspect expected of him. His first season in the top flight saw him bag 12 goals on the way towards the Bees staying in the division comfortably.


That was only improved on further the following campaign, breaking the 20-goal mark as his side continued to establish themselves. The ban came as a huge blow to his progress, but that hasn't stopped potential suitors looking at a move, with Toney now stepping up his training ahead of a potential return next month.


A link with a switch to the Emirates makes sense, given questions over their ability to show a clinical edge in front of goal during tight matches. Mikel Arteta was coy when asked about a striker back in September, but did name drop Toney when it came to listing those performing at the top level.


"We're not thinking at all about that [signing a striker]," the manager said. "We have really good players up front. It’s true we have some injuries, but we will continue with the players that we’ve got that’s for sure."


 When asked why traditional number nines have become rarer, he added: "It's coming back, no? There are a few players when you look at Harry Kane, Haaland, Ivan Toney, Mitrovic. You have examples of players who score a lot of goals."


While those links over a deal continue to swirl ahead of January, there are other concerns over whether Arsenal have the financial leverage to pull off such a move. As such, reports have suggested that a loan deal with an option to buy could be in the works to go around those concerns until the summer.


There is one issue with that, which is due to the Premier League rules that already surround the loan Arsenal have for David Raya from Brentford. The Spaniard joined on a loan with an option to buy - which football.london understands is worth £27million - which will likely be triggered in the summer.


However, league rules state: "The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club at any one time." While Arsenal have loan slots available, the fact they already have Raya from Brentford means Toney couldn't make the same move.


It would mean one of two things: either Raya's deal would have to be made permanent in January rather than the summer - though that is unlikely due to finances - or Toney would have to join permanently in January. The alternative is that Arsenal miss out, which could leave them light up front heading into the second half of the season.


Source: Arsenal- Football.London


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