Arsenal ready to make bid for David Raya after late move for Brentford goalkeeper

David Raya –  Arsenal ready to make bid for David Raya after late move for Brentford goalkeeper

David Raya’s contract expires next summer and Brentford have set his asking price for around £40 million – Reuters /Andrew Boyers

Arsenal have revived their long-standing interest in Brentford goalkeeper David Raya and are considering making a formal offer for the Spaniard, who is available to buy this summer.

Arsenal are huge admirers of Raya and first tried to sign the goalkeeper in the summer of 2020, when they had a bid of around £10 million rejected by Brentford.

Key to any possible move is Iñaki Caña, Arsenal’s highly-rated goalkeeping coach. Caña previously worked for Brentford and was the goalkeeping coach who effectively signed Raya for the club from Blackburn Rovers in 2019.

If Arsenal chose to formalise their interest and agree a deal with Brentford, Raya would compete with Aaron Ramsdale for a position in Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup. Arsenal’s current backup goalkeeper, United States international Matt Turner, is reportedly of interest to Nottingham Forest.

Ramsdale has been Arsenal’s undisputed first-choice goalkeeper over the past two seasons and his development at the club was rewarded with a new contract in May this year.

The possible arrival of Raya would create greater competition in Arteta’s squad and put pressure on Ramsdale to maintain his performance levels of recent seasons.

It is understood that Raya is open to making the move to north London and reuniting with Caña, despite Ramsdale’s current position as Arsenal’s No 1. If a deal can be agreed between Brentford and Arsenal, Raya’s personal terms are not expected to be problematic.

The interest from Arsenal comes after Bayern Munich last week entered into talks with Brentford to sign Raya. Reports in Germany have suggested that Bayern would only be interested in a loan deal this summer but, as reported by Telegraph Sport last week, Raya is understood to be keen to leave on a permanent basis.

Raya has only one year remaining on his Brentford contract and said in February that he had rejected two offers of a new deal.

Brentford have publicly valued Raya at £40 million, with head coach Thomas Frank saying it is an “open secret” that they are willing to cash in on the 27-year-old in this transfer window.

“I think it’s natural that he would like to leave if it’s a good opportunity for him,” said Frank. “We all think it’s a good idea at the right price.”

Brentford have already signed a new goalkeeper, Netherlands international Mark Flekken, in an £11 million deal that was completed at the start of the transfer window.

Raya has also caught the eye of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United this year, although both of those clubs have since completed moves for alternative goalkeeping targets.

Spurs had identified Raya as a possible long-term successor to Hugo Lloris but have since signed Italian goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario from Serie A side Empoli, for around £17 million, instead. United, meanwhile, have signed Andre Onana from Inter Milan for £47 million.

Chelsea are also long-term admirers of Raya and it is understood that they held informal talks over moving for him this summer, but they have so far not stepped up that interest.

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