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Brentford won’t lower Raya price, says Frank

Thomas Frank has told the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United that Brentford will not back down over their £40m asking price for David Raya.

Raya has been touted as a possible replacement for fellow Spain international goalkeeper David de Gea at Manchester and also linked with Spurs, who have been tipped to replace Hugo Lloris.

Brentford are set to complete the signing of Netherlands international Mark Flekken from Freiburg as a replacement for Raya, whose contract expires next year.

Raya has rejected offers of a new deal and is expected to move this summer, but Bees boss Frank has insisted that the risk of losing him for no fee next year will not stop the club from demanding a big fee.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the London derby against Spurs, Frank said: “We know the rumours about Raya not being here next season, but right now he is her.

“You all know the price – £40m and absolutely it’s realistic.

“I think it is too much in general the money that is paid in football, but in the current market and at his level, he has been at least a top-four keeper in the Premier League this season.

“If you look at those players in such a crucial position then I am not in doubt.”

Meanwhile, Brentford will offer a new contract to Ivan Toney despite the striker’s eight-month ban for breaching the FA’s betting rules.

“It’s an ongoing talk with all of our players internally first, then with key players when they hit that mark of around two years left,” Frank explained.

“Do we want to let the contract run out or do we want to extend it?

“Ivan is in the bracket of players we want to keep. He is a top player and that is something we need to consider.”

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