As per Fabrizio Romano, Bayern Munich have begun talks to explore a deal for Brentford’s David Raya.
The Spaniard is said to be one of the options on the German side’s list for a new goalkeeper, and they are now showing an official interest.
However, the deal will not be easy, with The Bees standing firm on the fee they have always wanted for Raya, which stands at around £40m- a fee slightly under his €30m market value, according to Transfermarkt.
Manchester United and Tottenham have previously shown interest in the 27-year-old, the latter even agreeing personal terms with the player. However, neither side were able to reach an agreement with their Premier League rivals, instead opting to pursue other options, with United signing Inter Milan’s André Onana, whilst Spurs acquired Guglielmo Vicario from Empoli.
Furthermore, Raya’s agent previously suggested his client will stay at the West London club should the his £40m price tag not be reduced. This is despite Thomas Frank’s side already signing a replacement shot-stopper, picking up Dutch international Mark Flekken from Freiburg for €13m.
As for Bayern, despite having several experienced goalkeepers currently in their ranks, including stalwart Manuel Neuer- who is set to return from a broken leg suffered in January this summer- the Bundesliga champions’ are looking to secure a new number one heading into next season.
Having only signed for €9m last January as Neuer’s short-term replacement, 34-year-old Yann Sommer looks set to depart Munich for Inter Milan. Meanwhile the future of Alexander Nübel is currently unknown, who is returning from a successful two-year loan spell at French side AS Monaco- where the 26-year-old kept 20 clean sheets and played every minute for the Principality side over his two seasons in Ligue 1.
Travis Levison | Get Football