Arsenal scrap plan to sign Brentford keeper David Raya after the club’s promotion to the Premier League eliminates £10m release clause

  • Arsenal have been keeping tabs on David Raya for the best part of a year 
  • He would have been available cheap in Brendford hadn’t been promoted
  • The Bees beat Swansea in the Championship play-off final on Sunday 

Arsenal have been forced to scrap plans to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya following the Bees Championship play-off final success.  

The Gunners have had their eyes on the stopper for most of the season, the player having been recommended by goalkeeping coach Inaki Ryan.

Raya had a £10million release clause in his contract in the event of Brentford failing to secure promotion this year, something Arsenal had been well aware of.

Arsenal have been forced to scrap plans to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya

However, the Bees did manage to secure their place in next season’s Premier League, courtesy of a 2-0 win over Swansea in Saturday’s final at Wembley.

Current No 1 Bernd Leno has been linked with an exit while Runar Alex Runarsson has done nothing to impress.

Now the London club will have to widen their search for a new keeper with Raya almost certainly staying put. 

Brentford's promotion to the Premier League wiped out the goalkeeper's release clause

Brentford’s promotion to the Premier League wiped out the goalkeeper’s release clause