According to The Athletic, Arsenal are “exploring a deal” for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.
While the Gunners have tied down Aaron Ramsdale to a new long-term deal, Mikel Arteta is keen to recruit a player who can provide stiff competition between the sticks as his side looks to compete on four fronts.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank, admitted yesterday that Raya is available to buy “at the right price”.
Various reports have cited an asking price close to £40 million, a figure that made Sp*rs, who held a serious interest in the 27-year-old, walk away from a deal in June.
Arsenal attempted to sign Raya in 2020 – the summer Emi Martinez left for Aston Villa – but had a £10 million offer rejected.
We’ve subsequently signed three keepers; Ramsdale, our undisputed number one, and back-ups Alex Runarsson and Matt Turner.
Having spent the last two seasons on loan, Runarsson is fully expected to leave the club before the transfer window closes.
The push for Raya suggests the writing is also on the wall for Turner. The American enjoyed a solid debut season in England but is yet to convince anyone at Arsenal that he has the distribution skills necessary to facilitate Arteta’s playing style.
Having impressed for the USA at the World Cup, and in their recent Nations League and Gold Cup campaigns, Turner certainly has the credentials to succeed at a high level.
Interestingly, David Ornstein writes that Nottingham Forest are keeping tabs on his situation.