Arsenal are set to finalise the transfer of David Raya on Wednesday with the Brentford star’s agent, Jaume Munell, now heading to London to sign the goalkeeper’s contract.
That is according to Luca Bendoni, who reports that Arsenal and Raya have agreed on a five-year contract. The 27-year-old will pen a deal running until June 2028 to secure a move from west to north London. While a deal is also now in place between the Gunners and Brentford.
Brentford have accepted a total package worth £28m to sell Raya to Arsenal. The Bees gave the Spain international permission to negotiate a move away after entering the final year of his contract. His imminent move to Emirates Stadium will also yield them a mammoth profit.
Raya’s agent heads to Arsenal to finalise his transfer from Brentford
Raya joined Brentford from Blackburn Rovers back in July 2019 for an initial £2.7m. The two-cap stopper born in Barcelona has since played 161 games for the Bees. He has also kept 54 clean sheets, including 20 across 62 Premier League fixtures with 12 in 38 through 2022/23.
Only Raya’s knee injury from October 2021 to February 2022 saw Thomas Frank use another goalkeeper since Brentford’s promotion. The 6ft star was the Bees’ undisputed number one. But Raya must now rival Aaron Ramsdale for the starting role under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.
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Raya is up for rivalling Ramsdale to become Arteta’s No1 in goal
It is a fight that Raya is up for, though, with his agent now heading to Arsenal to finalise the transfer with Brentford. Munell is due in London this Wednesday to sign the paperwork for the switch. All terms between the clubs, plus the Gunners and the goalkeeper, are in place.
Raya will replace Matt Turner, who is due to secure a transfer to Nottingham Forest, as the No2 at Arsenal. Arteta wants serious competition for Ramsdale at Emirates Stadium, ready to step in and match what the England goalkeeper offers the Gunners in every way possible.