On Tuesday, Arsenal secured the services of goalkeeper David Raya from Brentford on a loan arrangement for the entire season.
This acquisition adds to the competition for the goalkeeping position, with Spain international Raya set to challenge Aaron Ramsdale.
Notably, Arsenal has included a provision to potentially make this loan transfer a permanent one. However, specific financial terms have not been revealed by the club.
As reported by British media outlets, the loan agreement involves Arsenal paying a fee of £3 million ($3.8 million) for Raya, along with an option to exercise a permanent transfer for £27 million ($34.35 million).
Having participated in every one of Brentford’s 38 Premier League fixtures in the previous season, Raya has established himself as a prominent figure among the premier ball-playing goalkeepers in English football.
His remarkable ability to control the ball while in possession is noteworthy, with a notable 42.1% accuracy in his long passes during the past season.
In March of the prior year, Raya made his inaugural appearance for the Spanish national team, a testament to his growing prowess. His talents were further recognized as he earned a spot in Spain’s squad for the World Cup held in Qatar.
Sporting director Edu of Arsenal remarked, “The addition of David to our ranks bolsters both the quality and depth of our squad, ensuring that we are well-equipped to excel across all competitions at the utmost level.”
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