Peterborough United will sell Celtic-linked Ivan Toney this summer on one condition

By David Walton

February 3, 2020

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has stated that he’ll sell Celtic-linked Ivan Toney in the summer barring one big condition.

Ahead of the final week of the transfer window, the Daily Record reported that Celtic had run the rule over the striker. They said that Celtic had actually gone to watch him on two occasions.

However, nothing further came of it. In the end, Toney ended up staying with the League One club and Celtic didn’t seem to make a reported offer.

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony (Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images)

But taking the unusual route of updating supporters via his YouTube page, MacAnthony said that he’ll sell Toney in the summer, but only if the club doesn’t win promotion to the Championship.

“We made it very clear we weren’t selling Ivan Toney. Ivan wasn’t happy with that, obviously, you’ve got clubs close to getting promoted to the Premier League, so I understand why he and his family were looking at that and going ‘that’s a super move’.

“We made it clear to Ivan that he’s our main guy, we’ve offered him a new contract and that if we don’t get promoted we’ll sell him in the summer.

“There will be a host of clubs in the summer. So far in this window there were seven, and there were another seven who wanted him but didn’t have the caps base on the FInancial Fair play but will do in the summer.”

Competition could be fierce

Toney is certainly firing in the goals that make him an interesting proposition. Already this season, the Englishman has fired home 21 goals in 35 League One appearances. Not a bad return for the quality of league he’s playing in (Transfermarkt).

The striker also isn’t a rookie. Even at 23, he’s already played for seven different clubs and featured regularly for six of them. He was also given a small taster of Premier League football with Newcastle United back in the 2015/16 season, but didn’t play over five minutes in either outing (Transfermarkt).

However, the main concern here is his value. Before January, director Barry Fry stated that it would take a record bid for Peterborough to sell. The highest fee they’ve ever managed is £8m for Britt Assombalonga (Lancs Live).

Ivan Toney scores for Peterborough (Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Celtic already have four strikers currently at the club. Therefore, unless one was to leave in the summer, it would be doubtful that we moved for another. Even if we did, however, the fee for Toney looks too much for us to bother with.

Toney’s Peterborough are also sitting third in the Championship. Any chances of them not getting promotion look weak, and they’ll fancy themselves strongly.

As for the MacAntony video – that’s an intriguing idea. Could you imagine Peter Lawwell sitting down and providing us with a YouTube video about all the signings he didn’t bother with? I for one would certainly watch it! Get it done Peter.