Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Arsenal transfer news: David Raya move agreed as Folarin Balogun battle unfolds

Arsenal agree David Raya transfer

Arsenal have agreed a deal with Brentford to sign David Raya, football.london understands.

Gunners247 understands that Mikel Arteta’s side have agreed a fee close to £30million for Raya, who has entered the final year of his Brentford contract. The Bees were understood to be initially demanding £40million.

 

The Gunners have been targeting a move for the 27-year-old in recent weeks and the ‘keeper was spotted in attendance at Wembley Stadium on Sunday for the Community Shield. His arrival will provide strong competition for Aaron Ramsdale’s status as Arsenal’s number one, with back-up ‘keeper Matt Turner nearing a move to Nottingham Forest.

Folarin Balogun transfer scenario

Arsenal finally have their ideal scenario with Folarin Balogun as the summer window enters its final three weeks. Having so far held off from selling their young striker, the offers are now starting to come.

The Gunners set their stall out early on, making it clear that the 22-year-old was available to other clubs. However, the £50million ($64m) valuation has so far halted any progress being made.

Now, the latest offer on the table is a surprise one from Monaco. After facing Arsenal in the Emirates Cup last week, sporting director Thiago Scuro spoke with Edu Gaspar over a potential move but the verbal offer that was submitted has also been knocked back.

Last week it appeared that the Brazilian was closing in on a season-long loan move to Olympiacos, but it has since emerged that the 20-year-old is heading to Nantes instead with French publication L’Equipe reporting that an agreement in principle has been reached between the two clubs.

In truth, a loan spell should benefit Marquinhos as despite a positive start to his Arsenal career following a £3million transfer from Sao Paulo last summer – highlighted by a goal and assist against FC Zurich – he endured ‘a slightly disappointing night’ against FK Bodo/Glimt a few weeks later and subsequently saw his game time reduced either side of the World Cup break.

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