According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have lodged a first bid for Brentford’s David Raya after agreeing personal terms with the goalkeeper.
It’s reported that the Gunners have offered £20 million as a fixed fee plus up to £3 million in add-ons. Brentford are on record as saying they are holding out for a fee closer to £40 million, so in all likelihood this first attempt will be rejected.
The Spain international – a former student of Gunners’ keeper coach Inaki Cana – has long been admired by Mikel Arteta and was the subject of a failed bid in 2020.
EXCL: Arsenal have submitted opening bid for David Raya to Brentford tonight. The proposal is worth £20m fixed fee plus £3m add-ons 🚨🔴⚪️ #AFC
Raya told Brentford that he wants the move as personal terms are already agreed. pic.twitter.com/PyEfro0tIu
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 3, 2023
Having already spent £200 million this summer, eyebrows were raised when links with Raya resurfaced a few days ago.
However, with Nottingham Forest interested in signing Matt Turner, it looks as though the club are keen to take the opportunity to sign a player who could properly rival Aaron Ramsdale for the number one shirt.
The 27-year-old has played twice for his country and has two full seasons of Premier League football under his belt having established himself in the Championship at the Bees following a move from Blackburn Rovers. In fact, he’s been in England so long – since 2012 – he actually counts as a Homegrown player.
Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich both held talks with Raya earlier in the window but found Brentford’s asking price to be prohibitive.
It’ll be interesting to see how high Arsenal are willing to go and whether we try and sweeten the deal by including any of the long list of fringe players at the club.