Arsenal are exploring a deal to signal Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.
The north London aspect wish to recruit the Spain worldwide to compete alongside present No 1 Aaron Ramsdale for a beginning place.
Brentford have but to obtain a proposal from Arsenal — or another workforce — however are conscious of their curiosity.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are additionally pursuing Raya, with their choice being a mortgage. Brentford would solely think about that if he agrees to increase a contract that is because of expire subsequent summer season.
The 27-year-old is known to favour a move to long-term admirers Arsenal, the place he can be reunited with former Brentford goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana.
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Raya featured in all of Brentford’s 38 matches within the Premier League final season as his aspect completed with the fifth-best defensive file within the prime flight, conceding solely 46 objectives.
Arsenal’s present various goalkeeper, Matt Turner, is being thought-about by Nottingham Forest as one in all two deliberate goalkeeping additions.
Although there may be distance between the golf equipment’ valuations of the 29-year-old United States worldwide and no assure a move will occur, Arsenal know Forest are taking a look at Turner and dialogue continues.
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Is he able to step up?
Analysis by Brentford correspondent Jay Harris
Ball-playing means has change into an essential a part of a contemporary goalkeeper’s talent set and Raya has confirmed he is among the Premier League’s main exponents. As a teenager, he would spend hours enjoying futsal along with his older brother on a pitch subsequent to their home, which helps to clarify his pure means with the ball at his toes.
Under Thomas Frank final season, he does play the ball brief to his centre-backs typically however he additionally excels at chipping it over the opposition’s midfield too. One of the primary advantages of Raya’s excellent passing vary is it permits Brentford to diversify their assaults and be unpredictable.
He has additionally proven he’s a strong shot-stopper. The three stuff you need from a goalkeeper are good distribution, good shot-stopping and good consistency. Whether or not Raya has the expertise to deal with the higher-profile stage if he strikes to a much bigger membership is one other story.
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