Inter Milan are reportedly eyeing up a move for Bernd Leno next summer when the goalkeeper will be available for free.
Many eyebrows were raised when Arsenal seemed to pay £24m for a reserve goalkeeper in Aaron Ramsdale. But it was only confusing if you hadn’t been paying attention to Bernd Leno and his desire to leave.
Ramsdale has not been brought in to back Bernd Leno up, he’s been brought in to become the club’s number one from next season.
Leno is out of contract next summer and there has been no talk of extending his deal. The player, it seems, wants to play at a club that offers European football, which is fair enough.
There has been plenty of history re-writing in terms of Leno and Emi Martinez. When the Argentine was given a run in the side, many claimed he should have been allowed to keep the number one shirt and Leno should have had to fight to take it from him. But the people who make that argument forget how, when Leno injured his knee at Brighton, we were all absolutely terrified of what it would mean for our run-in that season.
There was no faith in Martinez because for 10 years he had shown he wasn’t up to it. For 10 games he excelled, but was that really enough for him to take Leno’s shirt full-time? Let’s not also forget that, the season before, people were talking, jokingly, about building a statue to Leno, such had been his performances to save our skins in Unai Emery’s dying days as Arsenal boss.
Anyway, Leno will be off, and Inter Milan are currently drawing up a list of players who will be available for free.
It may seem like bad business to let yet another player leave for free, but it was a number of years ago that Arsene Wenger identified players running out their contracts as the future of the game.
They have all been warned.