Arsenal eyeing move for 29-year-old PL star

By | May 18, 2021

Arsenal will fork out £5 million to sign Australian stopper Mat Ryan from Brighton, according to reports.

This week, it was claimed that the Gunners were in ‘advanced talks’ regarding a permanent deal for Ryan.

The star originally joined on loan from Brighton a couple of months ago, but now looks set for a longer stay at Arsenal.

According to Football Insider, the club have agreed a £5 million sum with the Seagulls for his services.

That sees the club halve their initial £10 million price tag for Mat, which is what put the Gunners off a permanent move in January.

The reported deal is expected to be announced in the coming weeks as discussions are progressing well.

Ryan will pen a long-term deal to compete with first-choice Bernd Leno for a place in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.

His main job will be to act as the Germany international’s backup, given the Spanish tactician’s trust in his number one.

Ryan has featured twice for his side since moving to the Emirates. Mat made his debut in a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa shortly after joining Arsenal.

He made over 120 appearances for Brighton during his four-year stint with the club. However, his No1 spot came under threat following the promotion of Robert Sanchez to the senior team.