If successful, Raya would join Kai Havertz, Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber as Mikel Arteta’s summer recruits in a spree that would surpass the £200m mark as they look to go one better than last season and dethrone Manchester City.
Arteta was asked about the prospect of Raya moving to north London after Ramsdale’s penalty heroics in Arsenal’s Emirates Cup match with Monaco on Wednesday.
However, the boss was typically coy and refused to discuss the potential signing. “You know that I’m not going to talk about any player that is not here, I’m sorry,” he said, before praising Ramsdale’s performance.
“He was really good,” Arteta added and confirmed that Ramsdale was in his plans for the coming season. “I think he was really composed in the game, I think he didn’t have to intervene too much, I think the two actions, one was a goal that was very close range, one is the action where they have the cutback and they hit the post, and there was not much more to do. Everything he did in ball possession was really good.”