Goalkeeper set to finally depart the Emirates
The German international Bernd Leno is now expected to leave the Emirates Stadium, after a deal with newly promoted Fulham was agreed.
The Arsenal keeper has agreed personal terms with Marco Silva’s side, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2025, with an option of a further year.
Despite both the clubs still negotiating on the final fee, it is believed that it won’t be a sticky situation, due to Fulham’s determination to land the 30-year-old.
❗️Exclusive News Bernd #Leno: Verbal agreement with Fulham about a contract until 2025 + 1 year optional. Now the clubs have to find an agreement. Arsenal demands around £10-11m transfer fee. Leno is the desired No. 1 of Fulham. He wants to join them. #FFC #Gunners @SkySportDE 🇩🇪
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 7, 2022
He is The Cottagers’ first choice for the goalkeeping position, and meeting Arsenal’s asking price of around £10 million does not seem to be something which will break the deal.
After signing Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United last year, the Englishman has been a mainstay in the starting eleven of Mikel Arteta.
Since the arrival of Ramsdale, the former Bayer Leverkusen man was relegated to just eight appearances in all competitions last season.
With the World Cup in Qatar fast approaching, Leno will certainly be looking for a way out of North London.
10 million for Bernd Leno is too small if you ask me. He is a world class keeper and should go for about 20 million in my opinion. pic.twitter.com/BjHGz7iEa2
— GravityGooner✨ (@Gravitygunner14) July 7, 2022
However, it is believed that the 30-year-old loves London and thus a deal to a West London club in Fulham makes a lot of sense.
Leno was a very good signing and I want to wish him well for his future adventures.
However, it was clear that Arsenal needed a ball-playing shot stopper to unleash a new dimension to the team.
Thus, now is the right time to part ways, especially after the arrival of USA international Matt Turner.
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