Arsenal are expected to pay up to £5million to Brighton to complete the signing of goalkeeper Mat Ryan on a permanent deal, Football Insider has learned.
This site broke the news on Tuesday that the London giants are in advanced talks to land Ryan, 29, on a full-time basis when his loan expires at the end of the season.
An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that the club are discussing a price of between £3-5million for Ryan with Brighton.
Add-ons could lift the total cost, although it will be far less than the £10m the Seagulls were asking for going into the January window.
Arsenal eventually signed Ryan on an initial loan at the midway point of the campaign as they brought in experienced cover for first-choice keeper Bernd Leno.
The 29-year-old has made a big impact at the Gunners and the coaching staff believe he has the calibre to provide strong competition for Leno.
Ryan made the second of his Premier League starts for Arsenal in last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Fulham.
His contract with Brighton expires in the summer of 2022 and that has opened the door to a move.
Graham Potter gave the green light for the keeper to leave after he was axed from the starting XI last December.
Ryan was replaced in the team by Robert Sanchez, who has now started Brighton’s last 20 Premier League matches.
The 58-times Australia international joined the south-coast club from Spanish big guns Valencia in 2017 for £5.4m.
Ryan has also had spells at Valencia, Club Brugge and Genk in Belgium as well as Central Coast Mariners in his native Australia.