Man Utd, Spurs target demands £40m transfer after ‘agreeing’ deal with Big Six club – ‘let me go’

Lewis Oldham
Man Utd target Raya and Ivan Toney in discussion during Brentford's match at Everton.
David Raya and Ivan Toney in discussion.

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya has asked the Premier League club to let him leave amid reports linking him with Man Utd and Tottenham.

The Spain international is out of contract in 2024 and Brentford boss Thomas Frank has insisted in recent months that they want £40m for him this summer.

Man Utd and Spurs are in the market for a new goalkeeper and they have been considering Raya as a potential addition. David De Gea is yet to sign a new contract and Hugo Lloris’ exit from Tottenham has been confirmed so both clubs are likely to need a new first-choice shot-stopper for next season.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Spurs are ‘edging closer’ to signing Raya. They are ‘working on a deal’ for the goalkeeper and he has already ‘agreed personal terms’ ahead of his move to Brentford’s London rivals. 

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed on Saturday afternoon that Raya has ‘agreed personal terms’ with Tottenham, but they are and Brentford are understood to still be apart over a transfer fee.

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Raya has now spoken openly about his desire to leave Brentford this summer. He thinks the Premier League club “need to let him go”.

“I will always feel close to this team. Being part of the promotion to the Premier League is something I will never forget,” Raya told The Times. “I know there are rumours about me leaving.

“There are some options for me to go but obviously Brentford are asking for a lot of money. That could make clubs not want to buy me, it could make them look somewhere else. But if that’s the value they give me then it’s up to them. I have a year left on my contract and until then I’m a Brentford player, there’s nothing I can do.

“I have ambitions to make the next step in my career. I want to try to win titles and to compete in Europe in the next couple of years. I’m 27 now and I feel like I’m at the point in my career when I want to make that step up. There are options out there but it’s not just my ambitions, the club also needs to let me go.”

Raya added: “I’m a professional. If I end up staying at Brentford I will always give my all, that’s my job. If I have to stay, I’ll try to have an even better season than last season.”

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