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.
Fee agreed between Arsenal & Bayer Leverkusen - Leno still needs to undergo a medical before #AFC can complete the signing, for a reported €22m (£19.2m)— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 19, 2018
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:
BREAKING: Bayer Leverkusen announce goalkeeper Bernd Leno has completed his move to Arsenal pic.twitter.com/f5JnddpVNX— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 19, 2018
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.