Arsenal are still in the race for both Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson and David Raya, as they look for their Emi Martinez replacement but Rúnarsson looks the more likely arrival of the pair.
The Gunners have already held talks with Ligue 1 side Dijon over a £1.5m deal for Rúnarsson. Signing Raya would cost significantly more than that, considering Brentford don’t want to sell. But it’s still an option on the table right now.
Brentford don’t have any financial incentive to let Raya go, having already brought in £28m for Ollie Watkins.
Arsenal certainly plan to reinvest the Martinez money this summer, but we don’t yet know how. Perhaps they’ll end up spending a large portion of it on convincing Brentford to sell. Maybe they’ll complete the cheaper Rúnarsson deal instead and invest in midfield.
The point is that it’s difficult to see those deals coming off if Arsenal are also spending £20-30m on Raya. It looks like an either-or situation to me.