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Transfer News: Arsenal agree to terms in deal for Bernd Leno

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Arsenal set to add the belegured Bayer Leverkusen Keeper

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Arsenal were always on the lookout for a new goalkeeper and with an agreed to fee of £19.2m, it appears they have their man. Reports indicate that Arsenal have accepted the deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, pending a medical.

The 26-year-old German keeper, who failed to make their current World Cup squad to be Manuel Neuer’s water boy, has been tipped to be the long-term replacement for Petr Cech, having been offered a five-year deal at the club.

The move, while needed, casts doubts on who among the rest of the goal-stoppers union will remain with the club. Rumors have begun to pop up around Cech being sought after and David Ospina has been permanently linked with a move to some Turkish side or another. Leno, despite having a bit of an off season last year (still helping Leverkusen to fifth place), is likely to supplant one of them with a shot at claiming the top spot, Cech’s new number be damned.

Either way, Arsenal’s summer of change continues. Defense has been bolstered with players; whether it manifests with better results remains to be seen.

UPDATE: This is now officially official:

if anyone can explain to me what “Hey Leno” is supposed to signify, let me know and I’ll go take over Arsenal’s terrible social media department.