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Arsenal sign David Raya permanently from Brentford for £27m

Arsenal have confirmed the permanent signing of goalkeeper David Raya from Brentford on a long-term deal. “After a year on loan as a Gunner, I can finally say I am an Arsenal player for years to come,” he said (via AFC's website).

The move comes after Raya impressed on loan last season, playing a crucial role in the Gunners' second-place finish in the Premier League and their run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The 28-year-old Spaniard kept a remarkable 20 clean sheets in 41 appearances in all competitions, including 16 clean sheets in the league, for which he received the Premier League Golden Glove.

Arsenal have secured Raya's services for a reported £27 million, in addition to the £3 million loan fee he paid to Brentford last season.

Raya's arrival has thrown Aaron Ramsdale's future at the Emirates into question. The 26-year-old England international has seen his playing time reduced following Raya's arrival, making just 11 appearances last season.

Arsenal are reluctant to lose Ramsdale but know he wants to play regularly in the first team.

The Gunners are open to options that are beneficial for all parties involved. A loan is not ruled out, and Newcastle United are said to have shown interest.

However, a final decision on Ramsdale's future will only be made after the ongoing European Championship, where he is currently part of the English squad.

Raya is Arsenal's first summer signing and the Gunners are looking to strengthen their attack, midfield and defence ahead of the new season.

New signing number two could already be on the way: According to reports from Italy, the north London giants are in advanced talks to sign Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori.

The Italy international, who starred at Euro 2024 before Italy were knocked out, is valued at £40million and his arrival is likely to push Arsenal's Jakub Kiwior out of the club and force him back to Serie A where there are suitors for him.

Calafiori is moving ever closer to the Emirates and will replace Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back and Gabriel Magalhaes at centre-back, potentially displacing one of them from Mikel Arteta's starting line-up.