Arsenal held negotiations with 29-year-old Australian goalkeeper

Mathew Ryan has no shortage of suitors as interest mounts in the goalkeeper from Spanish and French clubs, with Arsenal also in the hunt. Australia international is keen on a move from the seagulls as he seeks first-team chances.

Life looked good for Mathew at Brighton, who he joined from Valencia, playing 123 games and keeping 27 clean sheets. During the 2020/21 campaign, his place was usurped by Spanish goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, who has become the Seagulls’ automatic choice between the sticks since. Ryan now seeks a permanent transfer.

The reported interest comes from Spain and France, where he has admirers. The Australian goalkeeper is thought to be looking at an opportunity to be No.1 again at the club he plays, something Seagulls cannot offer at the moment. His deal at the clubs also has a year to run, and Brighton are keen to cash in.

Mathew will look to assess his options in the coming weeks once he has a complete understanding of the proposals on the table before making a final decision. Alternatively, Mathew could also continue his relationship with Gunners and most likely play deputy to Bernd Leno or whoever Arsenal bring in if the German shot-stopper is to depart.

Arsenal are thought to be in the market for a top shot-stopper. Although Ryan features on their list, he certainly does not represent their target for the first-choice shot-stopper. Gunners are keen on Ajax’s Andre Onana after his doping ban sentence was reduced recently.

Either way, the London giants will firm up their offer for the Australian goalkeeper in the coming days, with the hope of bringing the shot-stopper back to the club.