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Arsenal news: David Raya’s agent sends transfer message as Emi Martinez nears exit

The Gunners want to sign the Brentford keeper as Bernd Leno’s backup (Picture: Getty Images)

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is eager to join Arsenal this summer and his agent has made it clear they will do everything possible to try and secure a move to the Emirates.

With the Gunners set to cash in on the impressive Emiliano Martinez – who is on the verge of joining Aston Villa – that leaves Mikel Arteta in need of a new backup option behind number one keeper Bernd Leno.

Arsenal have set their sights on Raya, who has impressed in the Championship for Brentford, though the Bees have no desire to sell.

Arsenal will cash in on Martinez and want Raya as his replacement (Picture: Getty)

But the Spanish shot-stopper is desperate to make the step up to the Premier League with Arsenal and is even prepared to hand in a transfer request to secure a move.

Raya’s agent, Jaume Monell, confirmed to Spanish newspaper Sport that Arsenal have lodged a proposal for the keeper, but Brentford are refusing to negotiate and feel they hold all the cards with the 24-year-old contracted until 2023.

If they continue to play hardball, Raya will try and force the move with Monell…