BREAKING: Romano confirms first Arsenal summer signing with transfer ‘verbally agreed’ between clubs

Arsenal’s first transfer of the upcoming window has been confirmed by Fabrizio Romano, with a verbal agreement already in place between the two clubs.

After defeating Bournemouth 3-0, the Gunners have increased their lead at the top of the Premier League standings.

David Raya, who has kept 15 clean sheets this season, was declared the 2023–24 Golden Glove winner after keeping a clean sheet in the match.

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Romano has confirmed that a verbal agreement has already been reached for the Spanish goalkeeper to sign a permanent contract in the summer. The goalkeeper is currently on loan from Brentford.

“Understand Arsenal’s plan, which has been clear since last summer: David Raya will join Arsenal permanently for £27 million from Brentford,” Romano said on X.

“Everything is verbally agreed upon by the parties.”

Although Arteta received a lot of criticism when he first signed Raya, it turned out to be a wise choice to take Ramsdale’s place.

The Gunners have only allowed 28 goals in 36 games this season, giving them the best defensive record in the Premier League.

Raya’s future was brought up by reporters, and Arteta responded, “Those are conversations for after the season, we will review where we are.”

“It goes without saying that we are incredibly pleased with David and everything he has brought to the team and club, but we will discuss and make all of those decisions together as a team.”

Raya still needs to convince her skeptics.
Even though Raya’s retention for the upcoming season appears to have pleased most Arsenal supporters, the Spanish goalkeeper still needs to win over some skeptics.

Troy Deeney is one of the analysts who isn’t entirely sold on the Brentford loanee, despite the fact that he has made the occasional mistake.

When speaking about Raya, Deeney told talkSPORT, “I am still not sold on the goalie.”

“I’m not. I fail to see. I believe they didn’t replace Ramsdale with the exceptional goalie that you would say, “Oh, that’s my goalie for the next four, five, six years.” I know they wanted to get rid of Ramsdale, or to have competition, as they put it. Are you following me?

“I believe that in a year, they will be asking themselves, ‘Is Raya the reason we can cross the line or not?'” because he has erred on a few occasions this year, much like Ramsdale did.

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