Arsenal struggling with move for goalkeeper David Raya as Brentford stand firm

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David Raya has caught the eye at Brentford (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal are keen on Brentford goalkeeper David Raya but the Championship club are standing firm and insisting the stopper is not for sale.

The Gunners have an uncertain situation with their goalkeepers with Bernd Leno and Emiliano Martinez battling it out for the place in the first team.

Martinez deputised for the injured Leno so impressively at the end of last season that he now feels he deserves the gloves and will not play understudy for the German again.

If Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reverts to picking Leno as first choice then Martinez is almost certain to leave, which will mean the Gunners need to sign a new back-up ‘keeper.

They are looking at Raya to fulfil this role after impressing for Blackburn and now Brentford in the Championship.

The 24-year-old Spaniard came through the Blackburn academy and was signed by the Bees last summer for around £3m, making 49 appearances for them this season.

The Telegraph report that he would be keen on the move to Arsenal, and he has told his club as much, but Brentford are adamant that he is not for sale.

The Bees are reportedly not even willing to negotiate for their ‘keeper, although this may of course change if he looks to force through a move or Arsenal make a substantial bid.

Aston Villa have made a second bid to sign Martinez as they look to pounce on the situation at the Emirates and snap up the Argentine.

The second offer is reportedly close to Arsenal’s £20m valuation of the goalkeeper, but he will not be allowed to leave until they sign a suitable replacement.

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