Man Utd and Spurs hesitates paying 40m euros for David Raya
Man Utd and Spurs hesitates on paying 40m euros as the goalkeeper this summer, with Hugo Lloris set to leave Spurs and the future of David De Gea Uncertain at United.
However, the two teams do not currently agree that Raya is worth that amount with just one-year remaining on his contract, and there has been no contact yet with the Bees.
Brentford have shown in the past that they will not sell for less than their valuation for a player and Spurs found this out two years ago when they were interested in Ollie Watkins before he joined Aston Villa for £33m.
Brentford recently signed Mark Flekken from Freiburg but they are prepared to go into the season with three goalkeepers – current number two Thomas Strakosha, Flekken and Raya – and allow the former Arsenal target to run his contract down.
The Gunners wanted to sign Raya three years ago but Brentford refused to sell him as they regalvanised themselves for another promotion push, which was successful the following year. On the recent match with man city in the FA cup Man utd was defeated with 2-1 in the finals.
However, the 27-year-old is only under contract with the capital club until the end of next season and has already hinted that he would be open to a departure in order to fulfil his European ambitions.
Thomas Frank about the offer
“I hope he will stay forever but it looks like it could be difficult with the contract situation,” Bees boss Thomas Frank said when asked about his chances of keeping Raya. “He must be at least £40m plus. If he had three years it would be £70m. “How much was Kepa? He is at least as good as him.”
After just one training session into his trial at Blackburn 11 years ago, the club immediately moved to sign the then-15-year-old from Spanish club Cornella for around £10,000. How humble that figure is now.
The Brentford goalkeeper is now valued at £40m, according to his manager Thomas Frank. Speculation is growing about whether Raya, who is set to enter the final year of his contract, will be targeted by the so-called ‘Big Six’ in the summer transfer window.
Since leaving Blackburn Rovers to join the ranks at Brentford, Raya has played a key role in the Bees’ progression from a Championship side to a top-half Premier League team, registering a total of 54 clean sheets in 161 appearances.
Offers by clubs to David
Raya has already rejected two renewal offers from Brentford, whose head coach Frank has declared that it would take a £40m fee for the Bees to consider parting ways with their number one.
While Man United and Tottenham are both in need of new shot-stoppers, some news sites claims that both sides are hesitant to bow to Brentford’s financial demands over the Spaniard.
Both sides are said to have taken a liking to Raya, but they feel that the Bees’ asking price is excessive given that the shot-stopper will soon enter the final 12 months of his contract.
As a result, neither side has touched base with Brentford to discuss a possible transfer, and the Bees would be willing to let Raya leave on a free transfer at the end of the 2023-24 season.
Brentford added to their goalkeeping ranks last week with the signing of Mark Flekken from Freiburg, which would seemingly accelerate Raya’s exit from the club.
However, Frank is supposedly happy to have all of Raya, Flekken and Thomas Strakosha at his disposal next season, although the former’s agent has warned Brentford that they could very well lose the goalkeeper for nothing if their asking price is not slashed.
Raya’s countryman and Man United number one David de Gea collected the Premier League’s Golden Glove with 17 clean sheets last term, but the 32-year-old was the subject of criticism for several high-profile errors.
The Frenchman still has a year remaining on his contract, but he has confirmed his desire to leave Tottenham this summer amid reports of a triple-your-money offer from a Saudi Arabian club.