With Fulham and Arsenal starting to edge towards an agreement for the transfer of Bernd Leno, Leicester City are considering joining the race.

Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno (R) punches the ball during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England, on March 19, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s German goalkeeper Bernd Leno (R) punches the ball during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England, on March 19, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

After a protracted saga to try and agree a fee with Fulham to sell Bernd Leno, Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sport Germany reported on Tuesday that the situation was finally “looking good”.

Plettenberg claimed there had been positive movements in negotiations, with an agreement expected. Leno himself already verbally agreed terms on a contract with Fulham weeks ago, a deal lasting until 2025 with a one-year option to extend.

Yet there could be one last twist. Leicester City are close to allowing Kasper Schmeichel to leave for OGC Nice, but they’ll only do so if they can secure a replacement.

GFFN report that Leicester are now considering Leno as a potential target to replace Schmeichel.

The move to Fulham obviously remains the most likely outcome, for the time being, but Leicester could be another appealing option to Leno.

Leicester are obviously far more likely to challenge in the top half of the table than yo-yo club Fulham, which would help Leno make his case to Germany ahead of the World Cup.

It’s also not particularly far from London, with just an hour-and-a-half drive between Arsenal and Leicester’s training grounds.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal makes a save from Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on March 19, 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal makes a save from Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on March 19, 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Fulham had initially offered £7m with £3m in add-ons, but Arsenal wanted a £10m fee, with £5m in add-ons.

The Evening Standard suggest an initial fee of £8m is now on the cards, though they don’t make any mention of the level of add-ons involved.

If Leicester join the race, perhaps Arsenal could hope to earn a little bit more.

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