Arsenal are still open to signing David Raya this summer, despite The Telegraph reporting that Runar Runarsson is set to undergo a medical ahead of a move to the Emirates today.
The Gunners are closing in on landing a new goalkeeper after sanctioning Emiliano Martinez’s sale this week.
The Telegraph reports that Runarsson is set to undergo a medical on Thursday. It is suggested that the Dijon stopper will cost Arsenal around £1.5 million.
Interestingly, the report notes that another goalkeeper target could remain on their radar.
The Telegraph adds that Mikel Arteta would still be interested in signing Raya from Brentford. However, the Bees’ asking price of more than £10 million has made a deal difficult.
TBR View: Raya may remain on radar, but Arsenal move looks unlikely for Spaniard
Runarsson’s arrival will surely deal a big blow to Raya’s hopes of moving to North London. The Daily Mail reported earlier in the window that the Brentford goalkeeper was prepared to hand in a transfer request to try and force through a move.
He may take encouragement from the suggestion that Arsenal would still be open to signing him. However, Runarsson’s move makes it extremely difficult to see the Gunners pushing to land Raya any longer.
Arteta will likely have bigger priorities for the final weeks of the window. So spending an eight-figure fee on a player who is unlikely to feature regularly – at least initially – may make little sense.