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Transfer saga involving Arsenal, Newcastle, Swansea and Brentford touted as Wembley showdown looms

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Arsenal could make a move for either Freddie Woodman or David Raya this summer, depending on which goalkeeper wins promotion via the Championship play-offs this afternoon.

The Gunners are likely to be in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, with competition needed for Bernd Leno following Mathew Ryan’s return to parent club Brighton.

As per The Athletic, Brentford’s David Raya and Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman, currently on loan at Swansea, are of interest to the North London club.

Raya has been a long-term target for Arsenal having been the subject of interest from the Gunners last summer. Instead, the Spaniard put pen to paper on a new deal which contained a release clause, which becomes invalid should the Bees win promotion this term.

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Raya is familiar with Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana, too, after the pair worked together in West London, which could be key in the Gunners’ attempts to sign him.

Woodman, meanwhile, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Swansea, keeping the most clean sheets in the division this season – 21 in 47 games including the two play-off semi-final fixtures.

The Newcastle loanee will be hoping to push Swansea over the line this afternoon, as they prepare to take on Raya’s Brentford at Wembley for a place in the Premier League.

The Athletic report that there is an acceptance within Arsenal that, whoever does go up, will then become out of reach, and the loser could be targeted.

The Verdict

Raya and Woodman are undoubtedly two of the best goalkeepers in the Championship and both would be excellent in the Premier League.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Leno, though, as he is likely to be first-choice going forward. In that case, why would Raya and Woodman fancy a move to the Emirates?

Woodman is the one with more potential, and at his age, he needs to be playing regularly at Premier League level, which could come at Swansea if they won promotion.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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