Journalist Graeme Bailey has said that David Raya’s representatives are aware that Tottenham hold a strong interest in their client ahead of the summer transfer window.
It has been suggested over recent months that Raya fits the profile of goalkeeper that Tottenham want to succeed Hugo Lloris in the summer, given the Brentford star’s shot-stopping ability and his quality on the ball (Daily Mail).
The Spain international will enter the final year of his contract at the Brentford Community Stadium this June and Thomas Frank confirmed last month that he has already turned down two contract offers from the Bees (Sky Sports).
The 27-year-old admitted in an interview with The Athletic a couple of weeks ago that he harbours ambitions of playing in Europe and competing for the biggest titles in the game.
However, Bailey believes that Brentford will only let Raya leave if the price is right this summer and suggested that the Bees are even open to letting the goalkeeper run his contract down and leave on a free in 2024.
The journalist 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. 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.”
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I am fairly certain that Raya would be at the top of Tottenham’s wishlist to replace Lloris in the summer.
However, if Brentford insist on £40m for the goalkeeper (as some reports suggest), I can see the negotiations dragging on until the final few days of the transfer window.
Spurs will be keen to avoid paying a big fee for a player who is in the final 12 months of his contract.
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