Arsenal’s Bernd Leno is open to a transfer this summer, with neither player nor club pushing for him to extend his contract as things stand.
The Athletic report that Bernd Leno’s immediate future is unclear. The player is reportedly open to a move, and Arsenal are potentially open to selling him. His contract expires in two years, and there’s no ‘great appetite’ for talks to extend it.
Even just last year, this news would have come as a big surprise. Arsenal and the fans clearly rated the goalkeeper highly and very much valued his contributions to a struggling side.
But everyone seems a bit more apathetic at the moment. There’s an acceptance that Arsenal are going to have to sell and replace a number of key members of the squad.
Leno’s contract situation combined with Arsenal’s pursuit of Andre Onana and other goalkeepers makes it less shocking to hear he might leave.
Still, it does feel like a step too far to suggest Arsenal should be actively marketing the goalkeeper. If they get a good bid, maybe it’s the right time to sell and replace, but if not, Leno is more than capable of keeping his place in the team.
Even if Onana joins, he won’t be playing matches until November, so Arsenal would need to sign another goalkeeper capable of holding down the fort until then. One more season with Leno as the club’s number one may end up being the most sensible option.