David Raya to push for Arsenal transfer as Emiliano Martinez nears exit Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Raya helped Brentford to the Championship Playoff final, though they were beaten by Fulham (Getty)Martinez, meanwhile, looks set to be granted his wish to play regular first-team football by moving to Aston Villa after Dean Smith’s side lodged a £15million offer.The Gunners are still holding out for a bigger fee – closer to £20m – and would hope to spend less than half of that on signing Raya as his replacement, allowing the rest of the funds to be used to strengthen other areas of the pitch.MORE: Edu sends honest transfer message to Arsenal fans amid Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey rumoursMORE: Nigel Winterburn warns Arsenal they should only sell Emiliano Martinez on one conditionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement The Gunners want to sign the Brentford keeper as Bernd Leno’s backup (Picture: Getty Images)Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is eager to join Arsenal this summer and his agent has made it clear they will do everything possible to try and secure a move to the Emirates.With the Gunners set to cash in on the impressive Emiliano Martinez – who is on the verge of joining Aston Villa – that leaves Mikel Arteta in need of a new backup option behind number one keeper Bernd Leno.Arsenal have set their sights on Raya, who has impressed in the Championship for Brentford, though the Bees have no desire to sell. Comment Arsenal will cash in on Martinez and want Raya as his replacement (Picture: Getty)But the Spanish shot-stopper is desperate to make the step up to the Premier League with Arsenal and is even prepared to hand in a transfer request to secure a move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRaya’s agent, Jaume Monell, confirmed to Spanish newspaper Sport that Arsenal have lodged a proposal for the keeper, but Brentford are refusing to negotiate and feel they hold all the cards with the 24-year-old contracted until 2023.If they continue to play hardball, Raya will try and force the move with Monell saying they ‘will do what is necessary’ to secure a move to Arsenal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta is a big fan of compatriot Raya, who counts as a homegrown player having left Spain at the age of 16 to join Blackburn Rovers.Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana also knows Raya well, having worked with him at Brentford before being poached by the Gunners, and he would be keen on a reunion in north London.
Emery was speaking in Bordeaux where PSG, shorn of their biggest star, face Monaco on Saturday in the French League Cup final.“We spoke about the final,” Emery said. “He’s going to follow the game.”Neymar, who is crucial to Brazil’s hopes at the World Cup which starts in Russia on June 14, was hurt on February 25 against Marseille and returned to Brazil for treatment.He missed the second-leg defeat to Real Madrid on March 6, which eliminated PSG from the Champions League.Brazil’s national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, performed surgery on March 3 and then estimated that Neymar would be out for “two-and-a-half to three months.”That time frame would have meant Neymar’s PSG season was over. But for the striker, who was injured during the last World Cup and missed Brazil’s traumatic 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany, the objective was to be fully fit for this year’s competition.PSG and the Brazilian football federation plan to assess Neymar’s health again in mid-April.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi visited Neymar’s bedside in Brazil in mid-March, partly to quash rumours that the star would be leaving Paris a year after his high-profile arrival for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) last summer.“The doctors aren’t yet in a position to say exactly when he will return,” Al-Khelaifi said at the time.On Friday, Monaco defender Kamil Glik told a press conference that PSG will miss Neymar “but that doesn’t change much for us.”“There are other top-quality players,” Glik said. “We know what we have to do to win this trophy.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar returned to Brazil to be treated by Rodrigo Lasmar. © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDABORDEAUX, France, Mar 30 – Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who is convalescing in Brazil after surgery on his injured right foot, will be back “in two to three weeks,” the club’s coach Unai Emery said on Friday.“I spoke with him this week, he’s good, relaxed,” Emery said.