Bernd Leno wants to join Arsenal to replace Petr Cech, according to reports, as rumours grow that he could be the club’s priority goalkeeping target.
The Express write that Leno ‘wants’ the move, and ‘is keen to join’ this summer. They say Arsenal are looking to replace their current number one, and Leno is top of their wishlist. Bild reported that Arsenal held talks with the player earlier this month.
The goalkeeper has already turned down Napoli, but his agent admitted at the time there were alternative options. 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.”
According to various reports, Arsenal are one of those alternatives, along with their Europa League semi-final rivals Atletico Madrid.
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. That might explain why he’s more keen on the Arsenal job.
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, the same as Cech. We’ll see if Arsenal are convinced about him in the coming weeks.
Leno isn’t the only goalkeeper out there that Arsenal could move for though.
Let’s take a look at 6 other goalkeepers to see who would be the best fit…