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Tottenham threatening to walk away from deal despite agreeing personal terms with star

The Lilywhites are ready to move on

Tottenham are threatening to walk away from a deal for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya as the Bees continue to demand £40m for their shot-stopper, despite the Spaniard having already agreed personal terms for a switch across London.

It is widely anticipated that Raya will leave Brentford in search of a new challenge this summer, having turned down several contract offers at the Community Stadium and having expressed a desire to play European football at his next club.

‘I have ambitions to make the next step in my career. I want to try to win titles and to compete in Europe in the next couple of years’, Raya told the Times last week.

‘I’m 27 now and I feel like I’m at the point in my career when I want to make that step up. There are options out there but it’s not just my ambitions, the club also needs to let me go.’

Though Tottenham aren’t in any European competition next season, their recent history suggests that this will be an issue resolved next season, and Raya has already agreed personal terms with the Lilywhites.

However, the fee is becoming a major stumbling block, with Brentford still holding out for a fee of around £40m despite having already signed his replacement and in danger of losing Raya for free next summer.

They are also hoping to stretch their budget to sign James Maddison from Leicester City, as well as rebuild their defence with a central defender and a fullback on their shopping list.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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