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Arsenal want Brentford's Raya to compete with Ramsdale

Arsenal are interested in signing Brentford goalkeeper David Raya to compete with Aaron Ramsdale for the No 1 spot.

Talks are ongoing behind the scenes about the next step and whether Arsenal will formalise their interest with a bid.

Arsenal tried to sign Raya in the summer of 2020, but saw a number of offers rejected.

The Gunners could also see back-up 'keeper Matt Turner leave the club, with Nottingham Forest in talks about signing him. Early suggestions indicate a gap in valuation for the 29-year-old.

Forest are also edging closer to signing Manchester United 'keeper Dean Henderson. Talks continue over a loan with an obligation to buy. It's understood Forest are in the market to sign two goalkeepers in this window.

Earlier this week Bayern Munich opened talks with Brentford over a deal for goalkeeper Raya - but they are yet to reach the English club's expectations for a transfer.

Brentford value the Spain international at £40m.

Raya has one year left on his Brentford contract and has said he is "ready to make the next step in his career" this summer.

However - despite having also signed a new goalkeeper in Mark Flekken to compete with Thomas Strakosha - the Bees are prepared to have three top 'keepers if their valuation is not met.

Raya had also been on the wanted lists at Tottenham and Manchester United this summer, prior to them signing Guglielmo Vicario and Andre Onana respectively.

Those additions have paved the way for an approach from Bayern as they look to replace Yann Sommer, who is in talks over a move to Inter Milan.

Raya travelled to the USA as part of the Brentford squad for the Premier League Summer Series, but Flekken has been preferred by Thomas Frank in the games against Fulham and Brighton.

The 27-year-old joined the Bees from Blackburn in the summer of 2019 and has made 161 appearances in all competitions.

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