BRENTFORD boss Thomas Frank has admitted Ivan Toney could leave “at the right price”.
The Dane also raved about the striker’s abilities and described him as one of the best in the world.
Frank, 49, appeared as a guest speaker Monday Night Football yesterday.
During a conversation with presenter David Jones and fellow analyst Jamie Carragher, suspended striker Toney came up.
The England international has been suspended since May for breaching the FA’s gambling regulations.
Although he remains suspended until mid-January, Toney has been linked with a number of top clubs including Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.
On the possibility of Toney leaving, Frank said: “So far we’ve only sold one in the Premier League, that was David Raya – or that’s a loan, but it’ll probably be a sale in the future I think.”
“I think every club in the world is a sales club, except for five or six clubs. We are a sales club when the price is right.”
“I think if it’s the right time for the player to leave, from my perspective it’s not my decision, then it would be Phil.” [Giles, director of football] or Matthew [Benham, Brentford’s owner] at the end.
“Then I think if they have developed well with us, been on their way and have now proven themselves good enough to go to the top clubs, then I think it’s the right thing to do if it’s the right one Price is.”
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Toney, 27, scored 20 goals in 33 Premier League games last season before being banned after picking up 232 FA betting offences.
The striker was also fined £50,000 and banned from training with his teammates at Brentford’s facilities for the first four months.
He is expected to return to first-team training this week and get up to speed.
Frank gushed about Toney’s abilities: “I understand why there are a lot of rumors about him.”
“For me he is one of the best strikers. As a No. 9 striker, I don’t see many in the world better than him, of course you do.” [Harry] Kane, [Robert] Lewandowski, [Erling] Haaland and these guys, but not many.
“He scored 20 goals in the Premier League last year, obviously in a very good Brentford team, but of course we don’t create as many chances as the top six or seven teams.”
“So imagine him in a top team, he would easily score 20, 25 goals for me. I think he’s composed, he’s a good finisher, he has a top mentality, so I understand why clubs are paying attention to him.”
Toney was seen working out alone in pictures posted to Instagram last week.
He cryptically captioned it, “I didn’t come this far just to get this far.”