Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner has completed his medical as his transfer to Nottingham Forest edges closer, with an announcement expected today.
That’s according to Sky Sports News, who have revealed that the USMNT number one is expected to finalise his move today, and could even make his Nottingham Forest debut against Arsenal in Saturday’s opening Premier League game.
The fee is expected to be around £10m overall including add-ons for the 29-year-old, and his exit will make space for Arsenal to complete the signing of David Raya.
Turner failed to make a single Premier League appearance for Arsenal in his one season at the club, but kept four clean sheets in seven games across the FA Cup and Europa League. Whilst he was a fine backup to Aaron Ramsdale, it seemed unlikely that he would ever push to become a starter, and the club will make a profit on him just over a year after his arrival.
A market opportunity
Arsenal have clearly pounced upon a somewhat unexpected opportunity to strengthen their squad. No one expected another keeper to come in, with Aaron Ramsdale performing well last season, but Mikel Arteta is now being ruthless about his depth options.
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The availability of David Raya, who has one year left to run on his Brentford contract, combined with Forest’s interest in Turner, meant that there was the perfect chance to upgrade on the American goalkeeper with a relatively low net cost.
Arsenal will now have two strong goalkeeping options heading into next season, whilst Turner will have the chance to play regularly at Nottingham Forest. Although the former New England Revolution goalkeeper is an Arsenal fan, he may welcome the move given the lack of opportunities he was facing at the Emirates.
An announcement for Turner is now expected today, and this indicates that a deal for Raya will not be far off either.