Peterborough United Could Be In Line For Cash Windfall As Striker Interest Emerges

Peterborough United could be in for a significant cash windfall as Manchester United’s interest in former striker Ivan Toney emerges.

The Atheltic have reported that England’s Euro 2024 penalty hero is a target for the Old Trafford giants, with Brentford struggling to hold on to the prolific striker. His value was believed to be around £100 million in 2023, but that could now be as little as £60 million, according to reports.

That’s still a significant sum, a portion of which would go back to Peterborough. The original fee for Toney was £10 million with add-ons, which has been reached. However, a 2023 report confirms the club has a ‘healthy’ sell-on inserted into the deal, which would see Posh receive an unspecified amount. That could be as much as 30%, which was the sell-on clause Newcastle inserted when the striker joined Posh in 2018.

28-year-old Toney is one of the standout stars of England’s Euro 2024 campaign, without playing much football at all. He came on against Slovakia to save the day with an assist, and then took a cheeky ‘no-look’ penalty in the shootout against Switzerland to secure the Three Lions’ semi-final date with the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Domestically, he’s been prolific throughout his career, scoring 49 goals in 94 outings for Posh before his move to Brentford. His time in London has been impressive and controversial – he’s bagged 67 Premier League goals in 128 outings but served an eight-month ban for 232 betting breaches committed between 2017 and 2021.

Peterborough have a great track record of selling players on to big clubs, and over the years, they’ve seen the likes of Britt Assombalonga, Dwight Gayle, Conor Washington, Jack Marriott and Aaron Maclean all move on for a profit, helping keep the modest League One club fighting for a place in the Championship against much bigger hitters.

However, few transfers will have the potential to net them as much as this, should United follow through on their interest.

Writer’s View

Ivan Toney is a natural goal scorer. If he moves to Man Utd, he’ll score goals. It’s that simple.

He’s also the finest example of a Peterborough find and typical of what they try to do. They’re not a big club, but they play the transfer market wonderfully, always seemingly grabbing a bargain and selling them on. There have been misses as well as hits; for every Toney, there’s a Ricky Miller, but that’s the beauty of their process – they can take the misses because the hits are so often impressive.

If they were in line for even 10% of this fee, £6 million would be huge in their quest for promotion back to the second tier.

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