According to SportBild in Germany, Arsenal are close to tying up a deal for goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The 26 year old has been told he can leave Bayer Leverkusen, and the Gunners are said to be in pole position with suggestions that the transfer is close to completion.
The club are in the market for a keeper despite the fact that Petr Cech has been handed the number 1 shirt, which suggests that David Ospina’s four years at the club are coming to a close after he signed from Nice in 2014.
Leno certainly fits the age profile, although he has been an unconvincing performer for the Bundesliga outfit, with lapses in concentration and mistakes peppering his game.
Perhaps, with a new goalkeeping coach in place, and a year working with him and alongside the vastly experienced Cech, the new Arsenal transfer team believe they can tap into the player’s potential and improve him.
It’s not a completely unreasonable position to take, but those who watch him regularly in the Bundesliga will take some convincing that he’s the real upgrade we need.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are also said to be interested as they seek to replace both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet ahead of the new season