Bernd Leno’s agent has confirmed that Fulham are trying to sign the goalkeeper, among other clubs, but they aren’t rushing to leave.
Following rumours in the last few days about interest from recently-promoted Fulham, Bernd Leno’s agent Joannis Koukoutrigas has spoken to Bild’s Tobi Altschäffl about the reports.
“Yes, Fulham is trying hard to get Bernd,” Koukoutrigas confirmed. “Very professionally. This is also true for some other clubs and shows his status.
“But as I said, for me, he is the number 1 at Arsenal and we are therefore also relaxed.”
The Evening Standard were the latest outlet to report that Fulham are interested in a move for Leno this summer. The goalkeeper held talks with Edu before the end of the season and they reportedly agreed he could leave.
Arsenal are open to selling after agreeing a deal to sign Matt Turner.
On the one hand, Arsenal would lose arguably the best backup goalkeeper in the Premier League in Leno, but that seems somewhat inevitable at this stage.
By staying in the Premier League, Leno would have to face Arsenal a couple of times a season, which is another negative.
But the upside is that Fulham might actually pay a reasonable fee – unlike any of the European clubs. Plus, whilst Leno playing against Arsenal is bad news, it’s balanced out by the fact Leno will face all the other big Premier League sides too.
If it’s what Leno wants, he’s always been a good professional for Arsenal and deserves a say in his next step.