Brentford boss Thomas Frank says banned ace Ivan Toney is one of the best strikers in the WORLD and hints at transfer | The Sun

BRENTFORD boss Thomas Frank has admitted that Ivan Toney could leave "for the right price".

The Dane also gushed over the striker's skills, calling him one of the best in the world.

Frank, 49, appeared as a guest pundit on Monday Night Football yesterday.

While chatting to presenter David Jones and fellow analyst Jamie Carragher, banned forward Toney came up.

The England international has been suspended since May for breaching FA gambling regulations.

Despite the fact he will remain banned until mid-January, Toney has been linked with a string of top clubs including Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.


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Discussing the prospect 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 probably will be a sale in the future, I guess.

"I think every club in the world are a selling club except five or six clubs. We are a selling club, if the right price is there.

"I think if it’s the right time for the player to go, from my perspective that’s not my decision that would be Phil [Giles, director of football] or Matthew [Benham, Brentford’s owner] in the end.

"Then I think if they have developed well with us, been on the journey, and now they’re proven good enough to go to the top clubs, then I think it’s the right thing, if it’s the right price."

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Toney, 27, scored 20 goals in 33 Premier League appearances last term before being banned after accepting 232 FA betting breaches.

The forward was also fined £50,000 and prohibited from training with his team-mates at Brentford's facilities for the first four months.

He is set to return to first team training this week and is getting up to speed.

On Toney's skills, Frank gushed: "I understand why there are a lot of rumours out there about him.

"For me he’s one of the best strikers, as a striker No9, I don’t see many out there who is better in the world than him, of course you have [Harry] Kane, [Robert] Lewandowski, [Erling] Haaland and these types, but not many.

"He scored 20 goals in the Premier League last year, in, of course, a very good Brentford side but of course we are not creating as many chances as the top six or seven teams.

"So imagine him in a top team, he’d easily score 20, 25 goals, for me. I think he’s composed, he’s a good finisher, top mentality, so I understand why clubs are looking at him."

Toney was pictured training alone last week in images posted to Instagram.

He cryptically captioned them: "I didn’t come this far to only come this far."

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