Chelsea and Manchester United set to rival Tottenham in race to sign EPL proven shot stopper

Emmanuel Mbadugha
As a result, he is expected to leave the Gtech Community Stadium in the summer, but The Telegraph reports that the Blues and Red Devils are also interested in signing the 27-year-old.

Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly competing with Tottenham for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya this summer.

All three Premier League giants are looking for a new goalkeeper in the near future, with Spurs in particular looking for a replacement for their 36-year-old captain Hugo Lloris.

Chelsea may have more pressing priorities, but they could benefit from a replacement for the underperforming Edouard Mendy and the inconsistent Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Meanwhile, United could lose veteran David de Gea, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and while the club is in talks with the Spaniard about a new contract, Erik ten Hag would no doubt be interested in signing a new keeper with better distribution skills.

Several names have been linked with all three clubs, and it was reported earlier this month that Tottenham were keeping an eye on Raya, who has only 18 months left on his Brentford contract.

As a result, he is expected to leave the Gtech Community Stadium in the summer, but The Telegraph reports that the Blues and Red Devils are also interested in signing the 27-year-old.

Raya joined Brentford from Blackburn Rovers in 2019 for just £3 million and has played a significant role in the Bees’ rise, with the club winning promotion to the Premier League in 2021.

Only Newcastle’s Nick Pope, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale, De Gea, and Manchester City’s Ederson have kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season.

His efforts helped Brentford to an unprecedented eighth-place finish in the Premier League, and he was named to Spain’s World Cup squad ahead of De Gea.

While Bees manager Thomas Frank has stated that his star player will not be sold in January, Raya has recently hinted that he is open to leaving, telling AS: ‘Every player has goals and wants to improve.

‘Now I am focused on my team and in the summer, we will see what happens. If they want to do business, they will have to do it, but there is still a long season ahead of us, and all I care about is doing it well.

‘We will evaluate my situation over the summer.’

Raya, who is currently valued at around £20 million, will next be seen in action when Brentford face Leeds United this weekend.

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