Mat Ryan is set to join Arsenal as a backup goalkeeper on a free transfer this summer, according to a report.

Arsenal's Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan (R) saves a shot from Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish (C) during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by SHAUN BOTTERILL / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan (R) saves a shot from Aston Villa’s English midfielder Jack Grealish (C) during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by SHAUN BOTTERILL / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

The S*n report that Mat Ryan is set to complete a free transfer from Brighton after a successful loan spell with the club. They still see him as a backup goalkeeper for the time being, but right now that’s what they need.

The story is interesting, given Ryan still has another year on his contract with Brighton. If they want to demand a transfer fee, they could easily do so.

But Arsenal fans will be well aware that it’s possible to cancel a contract and let a player leave for free, and perhaps Brighton have decided that’s the best course of action.

Ryan clearly isn’t happy with his parent club right now, so it may be worth them getting his wages off the books even if they don’t collect a transfer fee.

Alternatively, it could be a mistake. From an article on The S*n that refers to Arsenal goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana as “Inaki Ryan”, I wouldn’t rule out that possibility.

Ryan made three appearances for Arsenal on his loan, keeping one clean sheet and conceding two goals. He also played a big role in the team’s late equaliser against Fulham in April. He’s already admitted he’s hoping for the possibility of a North London return.

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