Raya to ‘sign contract extension at Brentford’ before joining Arsenal on loan

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    David Raya is set to extend his contract at Brentford before joining Arsenal on loan in a bizarre, late twist to the transfer saga.

    The Spanish goalkeeper looked set to join the Gunners permanently following reports of a £30million deal being struck, but according to The Athletic he's now set to join on temporary basis instead.

    The deal includes a £3m loan fee, with a £27m option to buy clause, which means Arsenal will have the chance to snap him up permanently next year.

    Raya has bit farewell to his team-mates ahead of the switch, but is now expected to extend his contract at the Gtech Community Stadium.

    READ MORE: Aaron Ramsdale delivers warning to David Raya after Arsenal land £30m Brentford keeper

    The 27-year-old has been an ever-present in Brentford's team since joining from Blackburn in 2019, racking up over 160 appearances for the club both in the Premier League and the Championship.

    It's understood that Arsenal's interest in him stems from a lack of faith Mikel Arteta has in current No. 1 keeper Aaron Ramsdale following a noticeable dip in form last season, as well as a desire to have competition for a starting spot between the sticks.

    Will Raya join Arsenal permanently next year? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

    The Gunners are keen to sign a keeper before the start of the new season, particularly after selling former No. 2 Matt Turner to Nottingham Forest, who face Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, earlier this week.

    Raya had previously been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, who are looking for a replacement for Yann Sommer, who signed for Inter Milan a few days ago. Brentford meanwhile have already signed Raya's replacement after splashing £11m on Dutch keeper Mark Flekken.

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