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Arsenal full David Raya switch after one-year mortgage

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Arsenal have accomplished the everlasting signing of David Raya from Brentford, the membership confirmed on Wednesday.

Sources advised ESPN that Arsenal paid an preliminary £3 million ($3.8m) to take Raya on mortgage final season and have now triggered an possibility price £27m ($34.3m) to signal him on a long-term contract.

The 28-year-old stored 20 clear sheets in 41 appearances final season and gained the Premier League Golden Glove award as Arsenal completed runners-up to Manchester Metropolis.

“After a 12 months on mortgage as a Gunner, I can lastly say that I am an Arsenal participant for the approaching years,” Raya mentioned.

“I am excited to see what the long run holds however all the time residing in and having fun with the current. It is a dream come true to be right here and I need to thanks for all of the assist you’ve gotten already given me all through the final 12 months.”

The deal for Raya — though extensively anticipated — casts additional doubt over the way forward for Aaron Ramsdale, who has been linked with a transfer to Newcastle however has put any talks on maintain whereas with England at Euro 2024.

“David confirmed us final season what an necessary participant he’s for us, so we’re delighted he’s now formally our participant,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta mentioned. “He’s an enormous presence in our dressing room and we’re actually happy to maintain working with him.

“We all know he’ll take the sturdy foundations he put in place final season and construct on them within the years to come back, and that he’ll take pleasure in extra success with us.

“We have now a really proficient group of goalkeepers and I like to see connections just like the one I see in our goalkeeping unit.”

Sporting director Edu added: “David’s signing is one other sturdy instance of our recruitment technique in motion, as we proceed to construct a crew that may problem for main trophies.

“We all know there’s a lot extra to come back from him and we’re excited that he’ll proceed to be an enormous a part of the journey we’re all on.”