David Raya extended his contract with Brentford on Friday, with interest from Arsenal earlier in the window appearing to fade away.
David Raya signed a new contract with Brentford to 2024 on Friday, after captaining his team to the League Cup quarter-finals the night before. Arsenal showed an interest in the goalkeeper earlier in the window, but are seemingly now focusing elsewhere.
The Beautiful Game Podcast previously reported that Arsenal had an agreement with David Raya over a five-year contract at £40,000-a-week. The player told his manager he wants to leave, but Brentford weren’t keen to sell.
They may have been willing to do business at around £15m, plus a loan back to the Championship club for this season. But The Guardian reported that Brentford already rejected multiple ~£10m bids this window.
Arsenal went on to sign fellow goalkeeper Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson for around £1.5m. With Matt Macey likely to follow Emi Martinez out the door, there was still a small possibility of signing Raya, but not anymore.
Raya clearly decided to commit to his current club for now, though there’s always the possibility of a clause in the new deal allowing him to leave in the future.
Arsenal’s key targets remain Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, with Aouar the number-one option right now. But those moves depend on outgoings.