‘Agreement in principal’ – Premier League sides agree £8M deal

Dharmesh Sheth has claimed that Arsenal and Fulham have agreed a deal in principal for the transfer of Bernd Leno.

The German lost his role ass the Gunners’ first choice last term, suffering nine goals from our opening three Premier League matches of the season, and Aaron Ramsdale quickly took advantage by opening his account with three successive clean sheets, impressing between the sticks to swiftly earn the number one spot.

Leno has since been linked with a move away from the club, with Newcastle initially believed to be a likely destination, but in recent weeks it has been Fulham most strongly linked, with Napoli and Leicester more recent whispers, but Sheth has now claimed that a deal has been found between us and the Cottagers.

£8 Million seems a little under our valuation, but it seems fair considering the fact that he is inside the final 12 months of his playing contract. We’ve already landed his replacement also, bringing in Matt Turner from the MLS, so there is little reason for us to hold back on allowing him his exit.


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  1. He is worth what other clubs are willing to pay.

    Fulham made an offer, Leicester rumored to have an interest, but nothing else has been reported.

    Last year of contract, not wanted by the club, we even brought in a replacement. Any strength in negotiations has long since evaporated.

    Make the sale, and stay firm on Bellerin, who should fetch as much or a bit more. Betis can pay up, split fee over 2 years, but they should stop with the hand ringing and sympathy pleas.

    Bellerin has a year left on his contract, so honor it as a professional just like the club honors the agreed wages, or he can buy his way out. Willing to forgo massive pay cut for Bettis, so he can at least do something for Arsenal as well

    1. You have spoken well. Some would say Bellerin has been a loyal servant of the club so, we should give him away to Betis.

      1. For being a “loyal servant” the club loyally paid him what would be (to most people) a small fortune.

        There’s nothing in the contract to say that he gets a year off for good behaviour.

    2. Given that we wanted 15 mil originally and Leicester look very likely to be in the the market for GK, I find it very hard to believe we are agreeing a 8 mill guaranteed transfer unless substantial performance related clauses are involved. Something like 5 mil if Fulham stay up plus 1 mil every 20 league apps prem or championship up to 100. Doesn’t have to be precisely that but would make sense with the relegation clause being so variable you’d expect it to total more than the original 15 mil in that case. Why reported figures are always speculative as the add-ons are regularly shrouded in secrecy. Similar to wages actually.

      The cheaper players were always going to move late in the market which for us is everyone we’re trying to sell because of the financial impact covid has had on Europe. Same reason City are willing to selling Sterling, Jesus and Zincheko to prem rivals, European teams simply can’t afford them. Betis issue with Bellerin is they need to sell their players that they currently can’t before they can afford him even with him happy to take a wage cut (worth noting Bellerin has the English tax because he counts as HG.) Will be plenty of movement late on in the window as some teams start to balance their books a bit and the Prem money that has been spent abroad gets splashed around.

  2. Wish we had gotten 10mill, and surprised only one club was really in for Leno. Anyways, thats 100k a week off the books. Thank you Leno, good keeper and seemed like a good guy. Wishing him luck.

  3. It’s a ridiculously low price and I think it’s a mistake letting him go but seems to be done now. Just hope Ramsdale doesn’t get injured because I’m less than convinced with our number two!

  4. Sadly this is down to his need to be a main starter, which is what he was when he arrived.

    He would be a good player to retain for a 4-competition season and he could compete for the place in the big games.

    Sadly, he had to go and get first team football in a world cup year.

    I’m not sure who we’ve got as a 3rd keeper. Maybe another needs to be bought before the window shuts?

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