Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring David Raya to north London in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to Matt Law, with the journalist revealing in a recent article for The Telegraph that, with Spurs looking to sign a long-term successor to Hugo Lloris between the sticks, Fabio Paratici has now identified the 27-year-old Brentford shot-stopper as one of his top targets for the position.
Law goes on to suggest that, while the signing of a new ‘keeper is not a priority for Antonio Conte in the January transfer window, with the France international having turned 36 years of age on Boxing Day, there is an acknowledgement among the Tottenham hierarchy that an heir to Lloris should be signed at the end of the current campaign.
Considering just how impressive Raya has been for Brentford in recent seasons, it is easy to see why Paratici would be interested in a deal to bring the Spain international to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Lloris’ long-term successor.
Indeed, over his 24 Premier League appearances last season, the £19.5m-rated shot-stopper was in sensational form between the Bees’ sticks, keeping eight clean sheets, as well as making an average of 3.3 saves – the joint seventh-most in the league – playing 10.8 long balls and completing 25.8 passes per game.
For context, those numbers were all better than Lloris’, with the Frenchman struggling within the latter stages of his career. By comparison, he achieved an average rating of 6.98 in 2021/22, having made 2.6 saves per game and completing 4.6 long balls a match.
The £25k-per-week Raya has been in fine form over his 18 Premier League fixtures in the current campaign too, having already kept five clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 4.4 saves – the most in the division – playing 10.8 long balls and completing 23.3 passes per match.
These metrics have seen the player who The Athletic’s Jay Harris dubbed “incredible” and “one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League” average a quite breathtaking Sofascore match rating of 7.11, not only ranking him as Brentford’s second-best performer in the league but also as the joint 43rd-best player in the top flight as a whole.
As such, considering just how solid a ‘keeper Raya has very much proven himself to be over the last two seasons, it is indeed easy to see why Paratici is targeting the two-cap international as Lloris’ successor between the Spurs’ sticks, as the Spaniard would undoubtedly be an incredible signing for the Italian to get over the line next summer.