Arsenal moved in to make a deal for £22m rated keeper
Arsenal are reportedly between a host of teams interested in meeting the release clause in Bernd Leno’s Bayer Leverkusen contract.
The North Londoners are in the race for a new shot-stopper, with Petr Cech now past his best and understudy David Ospina failing to make a sharp case that he can be a successful long-term replacement.
Leno can leave Leverkusen this summer for a fixed fee, which Bild claims is somewhere between £17.5million and £22m.
As reported to The Sun, Arsenal are set for a transfer battle and have emerged as pressing contenders to swoop for the 26-year-old alongside La Liga side Atletico Madrid and Serie A title-chasers Napoli.
Leno, capped six times by Germany at the senior international level, has been Leverkusen’s No 1 for seven campaigns since joining from Stuttgart in 2011.
He has 230 Bundesliga matches for Leverkusen and played in five Champions League seasons.
Arsenal’s wishes of competing in the Champions League next term rest on them winning the Europa League.
However, those dreams took a hit on Thursday night when they failed to obtain a first-leg victory over Atletico at home in their semi-final despite the Spanish club playing for more than 80 minutes with ten men.