Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen have all but confirmed that highly rated goalkeeper Bernd Leno will be leaving the club for greener pastures in the summer transfer window.
The 26-year-old has been one of the leading shot-stoppers in the Germany’s top flight for quite some time now, making between 32 and 34 appearances in each of the last six Bundesliga campaigns.
However, Leno appears to have decided to leave the club this summer, which led to Bayer Leverkusen signing Lukas Hradecky from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Arsenal are reportedly one of the clubs weighing up a summer bid for the Germany international, given they see the talented goalkeeper as a good long-term replacement for Petr Cech.
And the Gunners have now received some good news as Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller confirmed their star player was on the way out.
“Leno can leave but only on our terms. We are still in constant and open exchange with Bernd and his manager. Leno already had a concrete offer from Napoli in 2017, but we didn’t have an equivalent backup at the time,” Voller said.
“He had to stay and he did really well last season, but we thought Bernd’s desire to leave would resurface so and so with the arrival of Lukas Hradecky we have a high-quality successor.”
With 41 Champions League matches under his belt and over 200 appearances in German Bundesliga, Leno seems accustomed to performing at the highest level and he could very well prove a good signing for Arsenal, provided the Gunners win the chase with other interested sides.
Napoli could also make another bid as they look to replace Pepe Reina, although the Azzurri are also looking at Sporting CP’s Rui Patricio.