Fulham are in talks to sign Bernd Leno this summer, and he’s believed to be their favoured candidate for a goalkeeper signing.
David Ornstein reports for The Athletic that whilst nothing is agreed, Fulham are holding talks to sign Bernd Leno from Arsenal.
The goalkeeper is reportedly keen to stay in London, but he’s lost his starting role under Mikel Arteta to Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal would be replacing Leno with the incoming Matt Turner as their new second-choice keeper, with Karl Hein set to be third choice.
Hein spent time on loan with Reading this season as Arthur Okonkwo acted as Arsenal’s third-choice, but it looks like those roles will be reversed as the Gunners now look for a loan for Okonkwo.
There are obviously pros and cons to Arsenal selling Leno to Fulham.
On the one hand, Arsenal would lose arguably the best backup goalkeeper in the Premier League, 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.
You’d hope Arsenal won’t be directly competing with Fulham for a league finish, so the impact of remaining in the division isn’t as significant as selling to a genuine rival.
If it’s what Leno wants, he’s always been a good professional for Arsenal and deserves a say in his next step.