Fulham and Arsenal are still yet to reach an agreement on the transfer of Bernd Leno, with the Cottagers still hoping to bring the price down.
Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sport Germany reports that Arsenal are still yet to reach an agreement over the transfer of Bernd Leno to Fulham.
For Fulham’s part, they’re still hoping Arsenal reduce their asking price. Leno is ready to complete the deal as soon as the clubs agree, but for now, the situation remains open-ended.
Plettenberg previously wrote that Leno had agreed personal terms with Fulham on a three-year deal with an option for a fourth.
Arsenal have been asking for around £11m, with negotiations ongoing, but that’s apparently “too much”.
From an Arsenal point of view, £11m really doesn’t seem like too much. Leno is a very good goalkeeper and Fulham are a Premier League side, they should be able to afford the transfer.
German outlet Bild claimed Arsenal’s decision not to name Leno in their squad to face FC Nurnberg was because they didn’t want to risk an injury jeopardising the goalkeeper’s transfer.
It’s notable that he’s still yet to make an appearance since then, sitting out for games against Everton and Orlando City.
Leno wants the Fulham move to try and get regular football ahead of the World Cup, with the newly-promoted side able to offer him a starting role.