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Chelsea's Robert Sanchez move gives Arsenal leverage in David Raya transfer talks

Chris Byfield

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Chelsea's Robert Sanchez move gives Arsenal leverage in David Raya transfer talks

Chelsea have given Arsenal leverage in their David Raya pursuit after the Blues struck a £25million deal.

On Thursday it emerged the Blues had agreed a deal to sign Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez for £25million plus add-ons.

Chelsea have been looking to add a goalkeeper to their squad following the sale of Edouard Mendy to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli, with Sanchez arriving to challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga for the number one spot.

The 25-year-old will be familiar to the coaching staff at Chelsea, with goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts having previously worked with him at Brighton.

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Sanchez has been with the Seagulls since the age of 15, having joined their academy from Levante, and in November 2020, he became the Seagulls' first-choice stopper.

However, the Spain international lost his place to Jason Steele in the second half of Brighton's 2022-23 Premier League campaign.

The deal will see Brighton garner a significant fee but also sets a benchmark for Chelsea’s Premier League rivals regarding a fair price for an international standard goalkeeper.

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Arsenal have leverage in David Raya deal

On Wednesday it emerged that Arsenal have agreed a contract in principle for Sanchez’s international team-mate Raya, with the goalkeeper keen to move to the Emirates this summer.

While Arsenal are ready to begin club-to-club talks for the player, Tottenham and Bayern Munich have both walked away from potential deals over Brentford's £40million asking price.

Brentford allegedly believe the requested fee represents fair value given Manchester United's £47.2million move for Andre Onana last month.

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However, Arsenal may now try to use Sanchez’s £25million price tag as a means of bringing down Raya’s asking price.

The Bees are reportedly comfortable with the fact that the 27-year-old could leave on a free transfer next summer with just one year remaining on his current deal.

Indeed, it remains unclear what Arsenal’s move for Raya would mean for current first-choice Aaron Ramsdale.

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Topics: Premier League, Transfers, Chelsea, Arsenal, Brighton And Hove Albion

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