Arsenal are reportedly close to securing the signing of Brentford goalkeeper David Raya for the upcoming summer transfer window. According to talkSPORT, Raya will join the Gunners and compete with Aaron Ramsdale for the position of the team’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Raya has an impressive record, having made 161 competitive appearances for Brentford, with 62 of those in the Premier League. He played in all 38 matches last season, helping the Bees finish ninth in the league.
If the deal goes through, Raya will become Arsenal’s fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber, and Declan Rice at the Emirates Stadium.
In other news, Matt Turner, who currently serves as Ramsdale’s understudy, is set to leave Arsenal and undergo a medical with Nottingham Forest. Turner, 29, made seven appearances for the Gunners last season, all in the Europa League and FA Cup.
Turner’s move to Forest will see him join the team for their second season back in the Premier League. Keylor Navas was Forest’s first-choice goalkeeper towards the end of the previous campaign, but he has returned to Paris Saint-Germain after his loan spell.
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Arsenal have today confirmed that they are close to signing goalkeeper David Raya from Brentford in order to provide back up for Aaron Ramsdale. The Spaniard looks set to join the Gunners as they bid to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season.
Raya, who had reportedly been the subject of long-term interest from the North London club, will join Matt Turner who has left the Gunners in order to sign for Nottingham Forest. The 23-year-old was signed by the premiership club from Almeria in 2019 and enjoyed his performance proving to be a reliable back up since then.
The move comes as Aaron Ramsdale is set to be established as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper after his successful first year with the club. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is believed to be keen to ensure that the club has adequate cover in the event of an injury crisis this season.
Raya is expected to join on a free transfer, with the fee originally negotiated between Barcelona B and Almeria over a year ago. The 24-year-old is expected to be a long-term signing for Arsenal, with the club reportedly keen to add his experience and leadership to help foster the development of young goalkeepers Emi Martínez and Alex Runarsson.
The news has been met with some surprise by pundits as Raya had been strongly associated with a move to Aston Villa in recent weeks but it appears Arsenal have won the race for the Spaniard’s signature. The North London club are clearly keen to ensure the development of their goalkeeping department.
Arsenal’s signing of David Raya is clearly designed to aid the club’s short-term needs as the season progresses, however, it also appears set to ensure the long-term development of their goalkeeping department. The 24-year-old has proven to be a reliable back up for Aaron Ramsdale and it is expected that David Raya will be a solid signing for the Gunners.