Bernd Leno has turned down a move to Napoli this summer, as Arsenal remain in talks for the German goalkeeper, according to reports in the country.
Speaking in Bild, Leno’s representative Uli Ferber said: “I can confirm that there were negotiations with Napoli, which we cancelled. Napoli is not an option. There are more options, we’ll get together after the season ends.”
The German outlet claim Arsenal and their Europa League semi-final rivals Atletico Madrid are still in talks with the player.
If that’s true, Arsenal should have the advantage. Leno previously told the media that if he leaves Germany, it will only be to play as a ‘clear number 1’. He most certainly wouldn’t have any guarantees of that if he went to Atletico, who have Jan Oblak.
In North London, the goalkeeping options are a lot more shaky. Petr Cech will be 36 by June, and David Ospina has one year left on his contract. The club is set up for a new goalkeeper to come in and nail down a starting spot.
One of Leno’s biggest strengths is his distribution, which is something Arsenal often struggle with. The goalkeeper also travelled with his country to win the Confederations Cup last summer, although he only appeared once.
His stats aren’t exactly mind-blowing, with 12 clean sheets in 37 matches, exactly the same as Cech. We’ll see if Arsenal are convinced about him in the coming months.