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have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, with Bees boss Thomas Frank adamant the Spaniard will not be leaving under any circumstances. Raya is apparently desperate to force through a move to the Emirates, with Arsenal eyeing him as a replacement for Emiliano Martinez.
Arsenal could be forced to look elsewhere in their pursuit of a new backup goalkeeper.
Martinez looks set to leave, with Aston Villa eyeing a £20million bid for the Argentine.
The 27-year-old wants first-team football, but knows he is unlikely to unseat Bernd Leno in goal at the Emirates.
Arsenal are reluctant to let him leave, but have accepted they may have to move him on this summer.
They want Brentford’s Raya as a replacement, after the Spaniard had a solid debut season for the Bees.
The 24-year-old played every minute of the west London side’s Championship campaign last year and was impressive, but was criticised for a crucial error leading to Fulham’s opening goal in the play-off final last month.
Arsenal have seen a £10m bid rejected already this window, with Brentford reluctant to let him leave the club.
And Frank confirmed in a press conference on Friday that the Spanish ace would be staying at the club regardless of any bids coming in, as the club has already decided their transfer policy regarding players moving on.