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Brentford set to sign Mark Flekken as David Raya replacement

Brentford set to sign Mark Flekken as David Raya replacement

Brentford have given up hope of keeping goalkeeper David Rayr at the Gtech Community Stadium and have already lined up his replacement.

According to Florian Plettenberg, Brentford are set to sign Freiburg goalkeeper Mark Flekken with Raya poised to leave the club this summer.

Flekken will reportedly join the Bees at the end of the season, with both sides reaching an agreement on personal terms.

The 29-year-old has a €13 million release clause in his Freiburg contract which Brentford will trigger before signing a five-year contract with the Premier League side.

Flekken joined Freiburg in 2018 but only recently established himself as the club’s number-one shot-stopper.

The Dutch international has played a crucial role in Christian Streich’s Europe-chasing side, keeping 12 clean sheets in 32 Bundesliga appearances.

Freiburg had hoped earning a place in the Champions League would convince Flekken to remain at the Europa-Park Stadion beyond the summer, but the club have faltered in their top-four bid.

Having lost consecutive league games to fellow European hopefuls Union Berlin and RB Leipzig, Streich’s side are three points adrift of the Champions League places with two games remaining.

Sporting director Jochen Saier had also previously confirmed Flekken’s impending departure, with the Dutch goalkeeper now one step away from signing a huge contract with Brentford.

Flekken will replace Raya, who is subject to interest from several Premier League giants, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The impressive Spanish shot-stopper is unwilling to extend his stay at Brentford amid interest from the division’s top teams, having rejected two contract proposals from the club.

The 27-year-old has been one of the standout performers in Frank’s side this season, keeping an impressive 11 clean sheets in 35 Premier League games.

He has made over 150 appearances for the Bees since joining them from Blackburn Rovers in 2019, but his association with the club could end this summer. 

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