The English club Arsenal has officially announced the signing of Brentford goalkeeper David Raya on a season-long loan with an option to buy. The team has paid £3 million for the initial loan, and they have the option to sign the player on a permanent deal for £27 million.
Raya, who will be wearing the number 22 shirt, has completed his medical check-up and moved from West London to North London.
To ensure his value remains intact in case Arsenal decides not to exercise the buying option, the 27-year-old extended his contract with Brentford. The Gunners have been working on finalizing this deal to stay in line with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
Even though Aaron Ramsdale has been performing exceptionally well as a goalkeeper, manager Mikel Arteta believes it’s important for the English player to face tougher competition.
Daily Stand Nigeria recalls that Raya was spotted in the Emirates Stadium stands during Arsenal’s first game of the season against Nottingham Forest, which ended with a 2-1 victory for the Gunners.
However, the English club’s Sporting Director, Edu, welcomed David and highlighted his consistent high-level performance in the Premier League with Brentford, mentioning that his addition adds quality and depth to the squad.
Sporting Director Edu said: “We welcome David to us on a season-long loan from Brentford. David is a top-quality goalkeeper, who has consistently performed to a high level with Brentford in the Premier League. With David joining us we are adding quality and depth to our squad so we can perform at the highest possible level in all competitions.”
As part of this transfer, former Arsenal backup goalkeeper Matt Turner moved to Nottingham Forest, creating space for David Raya. Turner signed a four-year contract with Nottingham Forest, with the potential deal value reaching £10 million.