Arsenal preparing bids for Brentford duo Benrahma and Raya
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Arsenal are preparing bids for Brentford players Said Benrahma and David Raya, according to sources.
The North London club have already brought in two coaches from the Bees, goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana and development coach Andreas Georgson.
Manager Mikel Arteta is now planning a further raid to sign highly-rated Benrahma and Raya, according to 90Min.
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Benrahma has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after an impressive season in the Championship.
He scored 17 and assisted a further nine in 46 Championship games as Brentford narrowly missed out on promotion.
They were beaten in the play-off final by Fulham, which is when rumours started circling about a potential Benrahma transfer.
Benrahma is being targeted by a host of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Aston Villa and Leeds.
But it looks like Arsenal are now the frontrunners for his signature as they’re willing to match whatever asking price Brentford set.
Benrahma was previously thought to be valued at £30 million by the club, but that could change if a bidding war starts.
Arsenal will also target Brentford goalkeeper David Raya. The Spaniard is seen as a potential replacement for current backup keeper Emiliano Martinez, who wants to leave for regular first team opportunities.
Martinez is linked with a move to Leeds which could open the door for Arteta to sign Raya.
Following his impressive performances towards the end of last season, Martinez was tipped for a contract extension.
However, his request for more playing time has become a stumbling block.
Arsenal chiefs see German shot-stopper Bernd Leno as the number one and want him to start when he returns from injury.
They think Raya will be more content as a backup to Leno, and want to initiate a transfer.
Signing the Brentford duo would take Arsenal’s summer transfers up to five. They’ve already signed Willian from Chelsea, Cedric Soares from Southampton and Pablo Mari from Flamengo.
They’re also close to completing the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.
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