Chelsea and Manchester United have joined Tottenham in the race to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, according to The Telegraph reporter Sam Dean.
The journalist says the three clubs are expected to battle it out for the Spaniard in the summer, with the shot-stopper likely to be available for around £15m to £20m:
Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in David Raya and are ready to rival Tottenham Hotspur in the battle for the Brentford goalkeeper this summer. Spain international is expected to cost £15m-£20m. @TeleFootball https://t.co/XYnP4WUSfY
— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) January 18, 2023
Supporters on Twitter are rather split on whether Raya would be a good addition to the squad. His availability for such a low price does make him an attractive target but some believe he would not be an improvement on the Blues’ current crop of keepers:
That’s a bargain we need to be all over that
— Ali (@CFC_Ali10) January 18, 2023
He’s no better than Kepa, which isn’t great. We need a world class goalkeeper
— Fred Ford (@fmgf02) January 18, 2023
Definitely a steal in my opinion 🧤⚽️
— Chelsea News Page (@ChelseaNewsDay) January 18, 2023
— r (@vinsm0k31) January 18, 2023
20 million can't go wrong
— jason (@jasonfox191) January 18, 2023
— ⁴⁵ (@CFC_Madax) January 18, 2023
Wow that’s a bargain
— Theoo 🥀 (@Cfctheo1) January 18, 2023
To me this seems like a step down from Kepa. Obviously scouts see something else. All we ever hear is “Chelsea interested in X”, we never hear why, how they’d be used or how this fits current set up.
— Nick Paschal (@nickpaschal2) January 18, 2023
Get this done asap, top keeper
— Bsloan.06 (@billy72605519) January 18, 2023
Bad signing once again prioritising the wrong areas
— Aaron 🏴🇰🇪 (@CfcTimmy2) January 18, 2023
Bargain, bring him in
— Toby🏴 (@CFCTobs) January 18, 2023
Raya has a decent save percentage this season (74.8%) but it is not as good as Kepa‘s (80%). If we delve further into the numbers too, the Brentford star doesn’t compare favourably with Chelsea’s current first-choice keeper.
When we subtract goals conceded from the metric Post Shot xG against, we see that Raya is no better than average (+0.1). In contrast Kepa’s figure is +6.3, suggesting he has been in much better form than his compatriot this campaign.