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Transfer News: Brentford line up £13m replacement for Tottenham Hotspur target

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Mark Flekken of Freiburg to join Brentford as David Raya's replacement?

Brentford line up Mark Flekken as replacement for Tottenham Hotspur transfer target David Raya

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Brentford’s David Raya and the Bees are apparently in the market to replace the Spaniard.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, via the Express, Raya is expected to leave the club this summer. Freiburg’s Mark Flekken has been lined up as a potential replacement. He could cost them £13million, while Raya is valued at £40million by the London club.

The German goalkeeper, 29, has been with Freiburg since 2018. He has 15 clean sheets from 42 games this season and is part of a team that is fifth in the Bundesliga – a huge achievement by their standards.

More importantly, this frees the way for Raya to leave. Apparently, Manchester United believe they have an advantage over Tottenham and Chelsea for the 27-year-old as they could qualify for UEFA Champions League football.

What should Spurs do?

But the Lilywhites are clearly the team that need a new goalkeeper the most. Hugo Lloris is 36 and Fraser Forster is 35. The latter wasn’t signed to be a first-choice goalkeeper anyway.

The Frenchman, meanwhile, is at the dusk of his playing days. Hence, it will clear up a path for a new goalkeeper to take up. Chelsea have Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy.

Mark Flekken of Sport-Club Freiburg.
Mark Flekken of Sport-Club Freiburg. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images)

Manchester United employ Dean Henderson and David de Gea – both high-quality goalkeepers in their own right, with De Gea set for a new contract at Old Trafford. There is no certainty that these players will remain at their respective clubs this summer.

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And that uncertainty, hopefully, is enough to turn Raya’s attention to Spurs. After all, what happens if Chelsea and Man United both fail to offload their goalkeepers? Even the presence of one of those aforementioned names could spark competition for starts.

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