Report: Arsenal will now look elsewhere for a goalkeeper after scrapping David Raya interest
Arsenal are reportedly no longer interested in signing Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.
According to the Sun, the Gunners are getting rid of plans to try sign the 25-year-old this summer and are being forced to look elsewhere for other targets.
Raya is now off the Arsenal radar due to the fact his £10million release clause is no longer valid.
The report states that Mikel Arteta’s side have been chasing the Brentford shot-stopper for more than a year.
It is explained that a £10million release clause existed in the scenario that Brentford miss out on promotion this season. However, they won the Championship play-off final to secure a place in the Premier League next year.
Raya, who has been at Griffin Park since 2019, will be a Premier League player next season.
The Spanish goalkeeper finished the 2020/21 campaign with 18 clean sheets in 48 games across all competitions and was superb throughout.
New goalkeeper one of the Arsenal priorities
Arsenal’s recruitment team are reportedly (The Sun) targeting the goalkeeper position amid fears about Bernd Leno’s future.
If Leno stays at the Emirates Stadium, he needs more genuine competition.
The north London club need to find at least one goalkeeper ahead of next season to challenge Leno, and selling Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa is something that continues to frustrate supporters.
In reality, it was impossible to keep Martinez happy as an understudy. They do need to find a way though to have two quality goalkeepers battling it out.
It’s such a vital transfer window coming up for Arteta to improve a squad that can be competitive next season. Zero silverware, plus an eight-placed league finish, is simply not good enough.
As for Raya, he’s someone that fully deserves his opportunity now in the top flight.
He’s part of a Brentford team that will be desperate to take the Premier League by storm in a similar way to Leeds.