Arsenal set to bid £20m plus £3m in add-ons for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya| SolSportHQ
Arsenal have offered £20million plus £3m in add ons for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya. The bid is expected to be rejected.
It comes after the Spaniard agreed personal terms with the Gunners, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
He tweeted: ‘Understand David Raya has reached an agreement in principle with Arsenal on personal terms.
‘Brentford have been informed by player side that he wants to join Arsenal — and talks between clubs over formula/price are now expected to accelerate.’
Arsenal want to sign Raya as back-up for Aaron Ramsdale.
The Gunners are frontrunners after Brentford rejected Bayern Munich’s offer of a loan deal with the option to sign Raya permanently.
It is understood Raya would not replace Ramsdale as No 1, but would be used in cup competitions and provide greater competition for the England international.
Mikel Arteta is believed to have doubts over his No 2 goalkeeper Matt Turner, who has been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest.
However, Brentford value Raya – who turns 28 next month – at £40m, whereas Arsenal want a fee closer to the £30m mark.
Manager Thomas Frank has reiterated his goalkeeper’s value, saying: ‘I would love to get £40m. He was one of the four best keepers in the Premier League last season.
‘Harry Kane is being spoken of as £100m-plus. So for a keeper, at his best age (it’s fair).’
Arsenal have held an interest in Raya since before they signed Ramsdale from Sheffield United in 2021.
Raya, who possesses impressive distribution, is well suited to Mikel Arteta’s style of play.
The Bees goalkeeper has one year remaining on his contract at the Gtech Community Stadium and is expected to leave this summer.
Capped twice by Spain, Raya played every game in the league for Brentford last season.