Frank insists Brentford will not lower Raya asking price

Thomas Frank insists Brentford will not back down over their £40m asking price for David Raya. 

The Spain international goalkeeper is in the final year of his contract and has rejected offers of a new deal.

Brentford are set to complete the signing of Netherlands international Mark Flekken from Freiburg as a replacement.

The likes of Manchester United and Tottenham have been linked with Raya.

And despite the risk of losing him for no fee next year if they do not accept offers, head coach Frank is adamant that Brentford will not drop the price.

“We know the rumours about Raya not being here next season, but right now he is here,” Frank said.

“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.”

Brentford will offer a new contract to Ivan Toney despite him facing an 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.”