Report: Arsenal make offer for impressive Real Madrid goalkeeper

  • Reports in Spain suggest Arsenal are keen on Real Madrid's Andriy Lunin
  • Arsenal set to sign reserve goalkeeper with Aaron Ramsdale expected to leave
  • Lunin mulling over his future
Andriy Lunin is considering his future
Andriy Lunin is considering his future / Flor Tan Jun/GettyImages

Arsenal are poised to be in need of a reserve goalkeeper this summer, and Real Madrid's Andriy Lunin has reportedly caught the Gunners' eye.

The club made a surprising move for Brentford's David Raya last summer despite Aaron Ramsdale establishing himself as a fan's favourite in north London and one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

However, Raya came in and almost immediately usurped Ramsdale, who was consigned to number two duties in 2023/24 - making the odd apperance.

For the sake of his career, Ramsdale is set to move on this summer and Arsenal will happily entertain offers for the Englishman. His likely exit, though, means the club will be in the market for a new Raya deputy.

Real Madrid's Andriy Lunin has caught Arsenal's eye

Arsenal are hopeful of retaining Estonian international Karl Hein after letting young Arthur Okonkwo depart, but Hein would likely remain third-choice should he remain in north London.

Thus, with Ramsdale's exit borderline inevitable, the Gunners are going to need a new number two and reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid's Andriy Lunin has caught their eye. Lunin filled in superbly for the injured Thibaut Courtois last season, helping Madrid to La Liga glory and the Champions League final.

However, Courtois returned for the final month of the campaign and started ahead of Lunin at Wembley as Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 to win their 15th Champions League crown.

Thus, Lunin has a tricky decision to make this summer. Does he remain in the Spanish capital and serve as Courtois' deputy, or does he opt for pastures new in a bid to earn regular starts? Arsenal, of course, are unlikely to provide Lunin with what he desires given Raya's fine debut season.

Nevertheless, according to Cadena Cope, the Ukrainian international has received an offer from the Gunners and is mulling over his future. Madrid are set to offer Lunin a long-term extension.

While the 25-year-old could leave the Champions League holders this summer, a move to Arsenal doesn't make much sense for Lunin given the lack of guarantees. He would have to fight with Golden Glove winner Raya for a starting berth, and Mikel Arteta is unlikely to want yet another goalkeeping controversy.

Lunin is an excellent goalkeeper capable of usurping Raya, but Arsenal are more likely to target a bonafide number two this summer.