New England Revolution have confirmed that goalkeeper Matt Turner will join Arsenal in late June pending the completion of a medical.
The 27-year-old USA international moves to Emirates Stadium to provide competition to Aaron Ramsdale with Bernd Leno likely to leave the club at the end of the season.
Turner has emerged as a breakout star for the USMNT in 2021, contributing to the team’s Concacaf Gold Cup title and featuring in their World Cup qualifiers.
On the domestic front, he helped New England top the Eastern Conference – they suffered disappointment in the Conference semi-finals going out to eventually MLS Cup winners New York City FC on penalties – and he was selected as the Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year.
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Arsenal are understood to have paid around £5-7 million for Turner who’ll leave New England after six seasons. With the World Cup on the horizon, the keeper has recognised he’s taking a risk by giving up a guaranteed starting point for this new test.
“I always want to be able to challenge myself at the highest level I possibly can,” he’s quoted as saying.
“It’s been tough for goalkeepers to get moves. So I understand, I’m 27 and it’s something that I really want to do and really want to accomplish. At the same time, going into a World Cup year, you have to play smart.
“Going overseas and getting into a situation where maybe I’m not playing, or maybe I don’t adapt well to being in a foreign country before a World Cup might be challenging.
“There’s a lot of things I can take from [the U.S.] and apply with the Revolution for the rest of 2022, and then going into a World Cup, after a World Cup, we can revisit. But next 12 months, next four months, next whatever, if it make sense I would love to.”
By our count, Turner is the sixth American goalkeeper to join a Premier League club after Kasey Keller, Tim Howard, Brad Fridel, Brad Guzan and Zack Steffen.
At Arsenal, he follows in the footsteps of compatriots Gedion Zelalem, Danny Karbassiyoon, Frankie Simek and post-war reserve team member Doug Farquhar.