“How much did Kepa cost? Raya is as good as he…”

The paths of David Raya and Brentford are getting closer to separating. The performance offered under the sticks by the Spanish international so far in the 2021/2022 season has placed him among the most outstanding goalkeepers in the entire Premier League. “He is one of the best goalkeepers in the league”, has come to declare Thomas Frank, Brentford coach. Great news for the Bees, but also a problem. The Brentford goalkeeper ends his contract in June 2024 and, as this newspaper reported weeks ago, he had decided not to extend his relationship with the London team. A fact that his coach has finished confirming in the press conference prior to the league duel this weekend against Arsenal: “If you’ve turned down a new contract twice, unfortunately it’s a sign that maybe you don’t want to stay. I think we made him two very good offers, but that’s okay, it’s a free world and we can’t force anyone.”.

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The time has come for the 27-year-old goalkeeper to take a step forward in his career and, Given the significant interest of big teams like Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester United, his departure from the London club after four seasons is on the table. Especially if Brentford want to get a piece of one of his stars before he can leave as a free agent two summers from now. However, his departure from the Community Stadium will not take place at any price. “It must be worth at least 40 million pounds or more. At the very least, if not more. Actually, if he had three years left on his contract, he would be worth 70 million pounds. How much did Kepa Arrizabalaga cost? He is at least as good as him, ”said the English coach of the Bees. However, as AS has learned, The London box will have to lower its economic claims with a view to a future sale If you don’t want David Raya to end up staying at the Community Stadium during 2023/2023 but without leaving a significant sum of money in the box.

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And it is that 40 million pounds is many million pounds. The aforementioned Spanish Chelsea goalkeeper continues to hold the title of the most expensive goalkeeper in history: 80 million euros came to pay the Blues to Athletic Club in 2018 to take over the services of the Spanish international. The top 3 would be completed by Alisson, who signed for Liverpool in exchange for 60 million euros, and Gianluigi Buffon, for whom Juventus in Turin made the most of the last of the 53 million euros they paid to get his services. In other words, adjusting to the price set by Thomas Frank in his press appearance, David Raya would exceed the 40 million euros that the incorporation of Ederson Moraes cost Manchester City, fourth most expensive goalkeeper in history. A figure that his suitors will hardly have access to, and for which the club and player will have to negotiate over the next few months.

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