OFFICIAL: Arsenal Trigger Clause To Make David Raya’s Loan Move Permanent

Written By Albert Echatah

Arsenal have announced that they have exercised their option to purchase David Raya from Brentford for £27 million, becoming their first permanent addition of the summer transfer season.

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After joining Mikel Arteta’s team on loan for the 2023–24 season, the Spain international—who is now abroad with La Roja at Euro 2024.

David Raya was initially criticised at first due to Mikel Arteta’s decision to staer him over England’s Aaron Ramsdale but Raya overcame these setbacks to establish himself as a key member of Arsenal’s starting lineup for the previous campaign.

The 28-year-old helped the Gunners advance to the Champions League quarterfinals by saving two penalties in the team’s last-round shootout victory over Porto. He also earned the Premier League Golden Glove with 16 clean sheets.

Although Raya’s £27 million permanent option is believed to have been activated by Arsenal several months ago, the North London giants did not officially confirm Raya’s long-term stay until today.

“After a year on loan as a Gunner, I can finally say that I’m an Arsenal player for the coming years. I’m excited to see what the future holds but always living in and enjoying the present,” Raya told the official Arsenal website.

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According to reports, Premier League clubs have approved the introduction of a development plan that will curb spending beginning with the 2025–2026 season.

The spending cap proposals were approved by 16 teams, and their goal is to keep the gap between the Premier League’s lower-half teams and its financial titans from growing.

Nevertheless, a report from BBC Sport claims that three teams vying for European football—Manchester United, Manchester City, and Aston Villa—are thought to have voted against the proposal.

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