Arsenal are closely watching the progress of FC Köln goalkeeper Timo Horn, who is wanted by Liverpool.
That’s according to reports in Germany, and it would make sense. The Gunners have Petr Čech in goal at the moment but he will be 34 by the time next season starts and the future has to be considered.
Colombian stopper David Ospina has been unhappy with a lack of first-team opportunities since Čech arrived in north London and Wojciech Szczesny, spending the season on loan at AS Roma, continues to divide opinion. So who is Horn?
Just 22, the goalkeeper is likely to be around for a very long time. A product of the academy at Köln, Horn has already made 133 senior appearances, keeping 51 clean sheets and conceding 128 goals. Peter Stöger’s side won promotion from the 2. Bundesliga in 2014 with Horn in goal and the 22-year-old has handled the step up to Bundesliga football excellently.
Behind Köln’s solid defence, Horn is well protected, but still makes a lot of saves and can barely be blamed for goals he concedes. Unlike many modern goalkeepers, he isn’t the best with the ball at his feet, but that is secondary when it comes to playing between the posts.
With 18 clean sheets in 58 Bundesliga games for an average team, there’s a lot to be excited about. A release clause means he could be signed this summer for under £7m, and Arsenal would be silly not to challenge Liverpool if Jürgen Klopp does attempt to sign his countryman.