Arsenal’s opening offer for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is expected to be turned down.
The proposal was slightly below what Brentford are seeking but negotiations continue over a deal, which both parties are looking to complete.
Bayern Munich have also been pursuing Raya, but the 27-year-old favours a move to Arsenal, where he would be reunited with former Brentford goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana.
The north London club want the Spain international — who has a year left on his contract — to compete with current No 1 Aaron Ramsdale. Personal terms will not be an issue.
Raya’s potential arrival may depend on Matt Turner, currently back-up to Ramsdale, leaving.
Nottingham Forest are in talks to recruit the 29-year-old United States international as one of two planned goalkeeping additions.
Arsenal’s next game comes against Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday, before they begin their Premier League campaign against Forest the following Saturday.
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Raya played in all of Brentford’s 38 Premier League matches last season as they finished with the fifth-best defensive record in the top flight, conceding 46 goals.
Arsenal’s existing alternative goalkeeper, Matt Turner, is being considered by Nottingham Forest as one of two planned goalkeeping additions.
The two clubs have different valuations for the 29-year-old, but Arsenal are aware of Forest’s interest in the USMNT international and dialogue is ongoing.
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Mikel Arteta is keen for competition in his squad and Ramsdale is just the latest who would have his position put under pressure should Raya be signed.
Though Matt Turner has impressed for USMNT recently in the Gold Cup, he is not seen as the same level as Ramsdale, or indeed Raya.
Raya’s confidence with the ball at his feet is also crucial while Ramsdale had a drop-off in form last season from his debut campaign at the club and some of his errors proved costly.
It could be that some competition is exactly what is required to challenge him to reach new heights.
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