Brentford keeper David Raya has reportedly expressed his desire to leave the club in the upcoming summer transfer window.
According to Graeme Bailey, the keeper has told Brentford that he will not sign a new contract and wants to leave in the summer.
Tottenham are believed to be interested in signing him as Hugo Lloris’ replacement, but a significant fee will be required to acquire his services.
Bailey claims that Brentford will only sell Raya for the right price and will not hesitate to keep him and let him go for free next season if they do not receive an offer that meets their expectations.
He told TEAMtalk:
“David Raya has made it clear to Brentford that he will not sign a new contract and wants to leave.”
“I am told there is a major disappointment within the corridors of power at the GTech, but it is not done and dusted.
“They will allow him to leave, though only if the price is right. I don’t know if that is analytics-based or not, it could be, but Brentford would be open to keeping him and seeing him leave on a free in 2024.
“Brentford will not be allowing Raya to just leave, unless they get a significant fee.
Bailey further claimed that Raya’s representatives are confident that interest from big clubs will see a bid come in for him, and they believe Tottenham sees him as a high-priority target to replace Lloris.
“Raya’s people remain confident that the interest in him will see a bid come in from a big club. They believe he is very high on Tottenham’s wish-list to replace Hugo Lloris.”
However, he is not the only keeper Spurs are being linked with.
Spurs have also been linked with Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid, and they could potentially leverage their good relationship with the Spanish club to work out a good deal for him. Everton’s Jordan Pickford is also another name linked with the North London side.
Raya has been an instrumental figure for Brentford since his arrival from Blackburn Rovers in 2019. He played a key role in Brentford’s promotion to the Premier League and has been one of the standout performers for the Bees this season.
It remains to be seen how the situation unfolds in the coming months. Still, it is clear that Raya has made up his mind to leave Brentford, and if Tottenham wants to sign him, they will have to pay a significant fee to acquire his services.