DAVID RAYA’s agent has revealed all about the keeper’s move to Arsenal… and Aaron Ramsdale might not like what he hears.
The Spanish stopper joined on loan from Brentford in the summer, with the Gunners paying a £3million upfront fee with a £27m option to buy at the end of the season.
In fact, Munell told AFTV that Arsenal only signed Ramsdale because he was an “easy option” compared to the complexities of signing Raya from Brentford at the time.
He said: “Arsenal showed interest for the first time three years ago in 2021. They tried to buy him but Brentford didn’t want to sell him at any price.
“After they bought Ramsdale that was an easier option but David has always been the priority.
“This summer, he had just one year left on his contract with Brentford and Arsenal was the club that showed the most concrete interest and have always been our priority.
“Tottenham were also interested and made an official bid but it was refused because was lower than the £34.9m that Brentford wanted to sell him.
“Also Bayern Munich was interested and had an amazing offer but with no buy option included and for this reason, we’ve not accepted it.
“Bayern Munich didn’t understand our refusal because they thought that Raya would have been the backup keeper at Arsenal but as you can see it’s not like this. Also Manchester United and Chelsea made an inquiry but nothing concrete.”
Munell revealed that part of Arsenal’s long-term interest in Raya stems from their goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana.
Cana worked with Raya at Brentford before making the switch to North London to join The Gunners.
And he has sung the praises of Raya to the club’s hierarchy ever since.
Cana added: “Inaki and [Mikel] Arteta were key for the deal.
“They have been determined for the choice that we made to play for Arsenal, the club have a project and a philosophy that fit completely for David”.
The interview will not make for pretty reading for Aaron Ramsdale, who may leave the club in January.
Past reports have linked him with a move to Chelsea, with the Gunners wanting £60million for the keeper.