Terms agreed: Winner named in Celtic race with Arsenal and Real to sign Ryan - Sources
Real Sociedad are poised to beat Celtic and Arsenal to the signing of Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, Football Insider understands.
The Gunners had moved to land the Australia international permanently after his loan spell in the second half of last season, while the Hoops have also tabled an offer.
But a recruitment source has told Football Insider that Sociedad are set to win the race for Ryan’s signature and a deal could be done this week.
The 29-year-old is set to undergo a medical in the coming days after reaching agreement over personal terms.
Socieded have also held extensive talks with Brighton over a fee for Ryan.
The Seagulls have been holding out for a £5million permanent deal for the experienced campaigner, but could accept £3m.
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Ryan has been convinced by Sociedad’s proposal, which will see him being handed the number one shirt.
That is also available at Celtic, and the possibility of linking up with Ange Postecoglou, his former manager with the Australia national side, had seen them seemingly well placed.
But Ryan is now set for a second spell in Spain after two years at Valencia before his £5m move to Brighton in 2017.
Brighton are willing to let the goalkeeper go with a year remaining on his contract.
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 had an extended run in the team in the second half of the season.
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.
He made three appearances for the London giants, all in the Premier League.