Arsenal have informed David Raya they intend to activate the £27m purchase clause inserted into their loan agreement with Brentford, understands.
Raya was determined to leave the Bees during the summer 2023 transfer window after four years of service in west London, citing a desire to compete for titles and in Europe.
He was a key target for Tottenham Hotspur upon Ange Postecoglou's appointment as head coach, but they were unable to agree a fee with Brentford and instead signed Guglielmo Vicario.
Bayern Munich then entered the race for Raya but they too were reluctant to meet Brentford's demands, while the Spaniard's agent has also confirmed Chelsea and Manchester United registered an initial interest in their respective searches for new goalkeepers.
After they were unable to sign Raya in 2020, Arsenal pushed ahead with a move again this summer. They reached an agreement worth £30m in total with Brentford, though the deal was structured in a way to help the Gunners meet Financial Fair Play regulations, with Raya joining on loan with an option to buy.
Sources have confirmed to that, as has long been expected, Arsenal will trigger this clause and Raya will become a permanent member of Mikel Arteta's playing squad.
Brentford have maintained an open dialogue with Arsenal since Raya made the switch to the Emirates Stadium and they too believed a transfer would go through eventually. Raya's contract at the Gtech Community Stadium was set to expire in 2024, and though he signed a one-year extension before leaving on this loan, there was no expectation he would return to the Bees.
understands Arsenal are likely activate this clause next summer, but there is a possibility of it being triggered beforehand. However, with the GunnersRead on 90min.com