Tottenham ‘to approach’ Prem side for £40million man in order to overcome transfer obstacle

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

Tottenham are reportedly expected to approach Brentford to discuss a fee for David Raya, after reports suggested they were unwilling to pay the £40million asking price.

Raya has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most promising goalkeepers in recent seasons. His first season in the top flight saw him keep eight clean sheets, as the Bees finished 13th.

This season, Thomas Frank’s side improved on their league finish, coming ninth, and Raya also improved on his stats from the previous campaign, keeping 12 clean sheets.

As such, it seems he’s aware he could land himself a role at a bigger side. Indeed, he stated recently he’d turned down two contract offers from the Bees.

That seems to have confirmed to the club that his future will be elsewhere. Following the season’s end, Brentford boss Frank confirmed the goalkeeper is the “one player” that the club will entertain selling this summer.

Tottenham appear to have emerged as the leaders in the chase for the Spaniard. They had been linked with him for a while, and it was recently reported by insider Fabrizio Romano that they are ‘on the verge of reaching an agreement’ over personal terms.

However, that came with the caveat that the £40million feee Brentford are asking for is deemed too much for Spurs, with fellow suitors Manchester United also of that same opinion.

Whether or not Tottenham’s viewpoint will change remains to be seen, but Sky Sports reports they are ‘expected to approach’ Brentford in order to discuss a fee.

That report reinforces that personal terms are not expected to be a problem if the two clubs can come to an agreement on a fee.

It also suggests incumbent goalkeeper Hugo Lloris wants to leave ‘for a fresh challenge’. As such, it would make sense if they were to push to come to an agreement with Brentford over Raya.

If not, they’ll either have to find a new goalkeeper to chase or stick with what they’ve got, which, if Lloris is to leave the club, is Fraser Forster.

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