Arsenal have shown an interest in Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who has a release clause of €25m, according to reports in Germany.
Bild report that Arsenal are joining Napoli in the race for the keeper, as they look for a replacement for Petr Cech.
He’s made great progress in recent years, even getting a couple of caps with the national team, despite competition from Barcelona keeper ter Stegen and Bayern shot-stopper Neuer.
Given that the 26-year-old’s release clause isn’t particularly high, the only real stumbling block would be convincing the player himself to leave. After all, he is in his seventh season with Leverkusen, and has never played for a non-German club.
He previously said he would only leave the country to be first-choice, saying: “If I go abroad, then not as number 1 contender, but only as clear number 1.”
Most likely that won’t be a problem at Arsenal.
David Ospina publicly stated his intentions to leave last summer, and his contract expires in 2019. Petr Čech hasn’t made a solid case to keep the spot this season either. The 35-year-old (36 in May) is up to six errors directly leading to goals in the league this season.
Arsenal need to look at the position in the summer whatever happens. Leno could be a relatively inexpensive option, but it’s up to the club to decide whether he’s the right one.