Arsenal ‘ready £10m bid for for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya’ as Mikel Arteta prepares for Emiliano Martinez’s Emirates exit
- Arsenal are on the brink of selling goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa
- It is reported they will directly invest half the transfer fee in signing David Raya
- Mikel Arteta has opted on Bernd Leno as his No 1 stopper for this season
- Gunners kicked off their Premier League campaign with a drubbing of Fulham
Mikel Arteta’s side are on the verge of shaking on a £20m agreement to see Emiliano Martinez switch to Aston Villa this summer, to become first choice at Villa Park.
And Arsenal will then directly invest half of these funds into signing Raya from Thomas Frank’s Bees, according to the Sun.
Arsenal are being linked with a £10million move to acquire David Raya from Brentford
The 25-year-old is said to be keen to play Premier League football, though would be brought in as understudy to Bernd Leno.
Arteta has already decided the German is to be his No 1 stopper, despite Martinez starring in both recent FA Cup final and Community Shield successes.
Though Villa are in the driving seat for Martinez, reports have gathered pace regarding a potential late hijack by Graham Potter’s Brighton.
A bidding war would therefore see Arsenal capitalise, as Arteta looks to squeeze the best out of the deal fo this back-up ‘keeper.
It is reported that the knock-on effect of Arsenal coming in for Raya would see Brentford look at Charlton’s Dillon Phillips as a replacement.
On Saturday Arsenal officially kicked off their new Premier League campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over newly promoted Fulham.
FA Cup hero Emiliano Martinez is set to seal a £20m switch to Aston Villa this week
Leno was back between the sticks for the Gunners, and kept a clean sheet behind new central defender Gabriel.
Martinez was out of the squad for the game, instead preparing for his medical as he edges closer to Villa Park.
The Argentinian has agreed a long-term contract believed to be worth around £60,000-a-week to join Dean Smith’s team, and will represent a injection into the transfer kitty for Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta knows he will receive a cash injection to transfer funds as a result of the deal