Arsenal have tabled an opening bid to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, according to reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Gunners currently have Aaron Ramsdale as the undisputed starter between the sticks, but they appear keen on adding more competition.
Raya has been one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers in the past year, and talks are undergoing with the Bees to secure his services.
The Spaniard has already given the green light to the transfer by agreeing personal terms, and the club have now made an opening offer.
As per Romano, the north London giants have proposed to pay £20 million plus £3m in add-ons.
Raya closing in on Arsenal transfer
Arsenal have had a long-term interest in Raya. They were initially keen on landing his signature when Brentford were still in the Championship in 2020.
Hence, the renewed approach is not a surprise. The 27-year-old may start as a back-up to Ramsdale, but the pressure will be on the Englishman to perform.
If there is any lapse between the sticks, there is a good chance that Raya could replace him.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is looking for strong competition in every department next term, and bringing in Raya from Brentford would be a shrewd signing.
He was the best in the Premier League when it came to shot-stopping, long balls and ball recoveries last season, but still needs to work on his short passing.
Arsenal’s current offer remains short of Brentford’s valuation of around £30m, but they could accept a lesser fee with his deal expiring in just 11 months.
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