Arsenal are getting ready to raid Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford for star pair
David Raya and Saïd Benrahma
Brentford were defeated in the Championship play-off final by Fulham a month ago, and failure to secure promotion to the Premier League implies the club are ready to listen to offers for their top stars, if their valuations be met.
Mikel Arteta has just enlisted Brentford’s head of set pieces and individual development Andreas Georgson, having just taken goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana across the capital, and it’s on their recommendation that the club are getting ready proposals for the two players.
A source has affirmed to Ivisionsport that David Raya is being targeted as an expected swap for Emiliano Martinez, while 25-year-old Said Benrahma has also been suggested after various champion performances during the 2019/20 season.
The Gunners selected to start Emiliano Martinez in Saturday’s Community Shield win over Liverpool, and the Argentine goalkeeper has to a great extent been noteworthy between the sticks subsequent to replacing the injured Bernd Leno in June. However, with funding stretched at the club, he could be offered to back different moves and is enthused about building up himself as a best option goalkeeper.
Aston Villa offered £10m, despite the fact that Arsenal are waiting for nearer to twofold that sum. David Raya worked intimately with Cana at Brentford, and his noteworthy form all through last season has earned a lot of admirers.
The Bees eventually missed the chance to secure promotion to the Premier League, but Mikel Arteta trust the judgment that Raya’s performances last season are deserving of taking over as Bernd Leno’s understudy.
Concerning Benrahma, he dazzled in the Championship last season, inciting enthusiasm from fellow Premier League quintet Aston Villa, Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Leeds.
Saïd Benrahma moved to England from Nice in 2018, however scored 27 goals contributions last season, making up 33% of the Bees’ dreaded ‘BMW’ bleeding edge, close by Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins.
Arsenal are presently prepared to enter the race and meet Brentford’s £25m asking price.
So far this summer, just £7.2m has been spent on the permanent move of Pablo Mari, however the club are near wrapping up a £27m deal for Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes