Arsenal have had a bid worth around £10 million rejected by Brentford for David Raya, but The Telegraph has reported that the Bees may be open to a potential agreement that involves the goalkeeper returning to the club on loan.
The Telegraph reports that Mikel Arteta has earmarked Raya as one of his key targets. And it is suggested that the imminent arrival of Runar Runarsson has not tempered his desire to land the Spaniard.
In fact, the report claims that Arsenal have now made a £10 million. The Telegraph notes that Brentford have turned down the offer.
However, it would appear that there is scope for a deal to be done.
The Telegraph suggests that Thomas Frank’s side had previously been unwilling to consider selling Raya. But they may now be more open to the possibility should Arsenal let the 25-year-old return to West London on loan.
The report does suggest that Arteta would prefer to keep hold of Raya if he joins.
It will be interesting to see whether Arsenal and Brentford do come to some sort of agreement. If Raya is indeed a key target, Arteta will not want to miss out – even if that does mean waiting a year before working with the former Blackburn man.
For Brentford, landing a substantial fee for the goalkeeper and holding onto him for one final season could prove to be a fantastic piece of business.
So perhaps it should not come as a huge surprise if the two clubs ultimately manage to reach an agreement. It certainly appears to now be entirely possible.