As reported by talkSPORT and initially by Sky Sports sources, it seems as if Arsenal are closing in on arguably their biggest signing of the summer transfer window so far: Bernd Leno. The German goalkeeper has been linked with a move away from Bayer Leverkusen for months now, and it seems as if Unai Emery has managed to persuade him to make the trip over to North London as the 26-year-old prepares for the next step in his promising career.
According to the Express, Arsenal are set to renew their interest in Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who reportedly has a release clause of £22million in his contract.
Leno has often been linked with a move to the Gunners, as Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech is starting to look his age. The former Chelsea stopper produced a number of unconvincing displays last season.
The 36-year-old’s position as Arsenal number one is now looking very vulnerable, with Leno looking like a very viable target.
According to the Metro, Arsenal are set to compete with a host of rival Premier League clubs to sign Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey this summer. The 20-year-old is also reported to be of interest to Chelsea and Manchester United.
However, the Premier League trio are not the only ones interested in the highly-rated winger. Reports from German suggest that Bayer has already turned down a £52million off from Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, telling the Bavarian giants that they want £88million for the Jamaican-born star.
According to the Metro, Arsenal are eying a £22million summer move for Bayer Leverkusen Bernd Leno, with current number goalkeeper Petr Cech struggling for form.
The Leverkusen goalkeeper is highly rated and has stated express interest in moving to pastures new. However, he will only move if he is the first choice goalkeeper at his next club.
The metro quote him as saying: ‘If I go abroad, it would not be as a number-one contender, but only as clear number one,’
Cech is reaching the end of his career
North London giants Arsenal are keen to make a proper statement after seeing first-team star Alexis Sanchez leave for Manchester United.
The Gunners got Henrikh Mkhitaryan in return with Armenian expected to become a valuable signing and a quality addition to the squad. Mkhitaryan suffered from lack of regular playing time at Old Trafford but his overall talent and quality were never questioned.
To make things even better, Arsenal are currently negotiating a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. His possible departure is currently dominating the media space in both Germany and England so it comes as little surprise to see Leon Bailey’s link go slightly below the radar.
North London club Arsenal are said to be leading the chase for Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey, according to reports from Mirror.
The host of Premier League top clubs which includes Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are thought to be highly keen on the highly rated forward with Arsenal reportedly emerging as frontrunners in the race for the talented 20-year-old.
Gunners will attempt to persuade the Jamaica international to move to London in January as they look to strengthen their squad and secure a replacement for wantaway star Alexis Sanchez, who could be on the move during winter.
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are set to battle it out with Chelsea and Italian club Lazio for Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu this summer.
The Mirror got their information from Turkish publication Aksam, who believe that the three clubs are competing for the highly-rated Turkey international.
Calhanoglu has reportedly been a transfer target for the Gunners for the last few seasons and has a minimum fee released clause in his contract of £32.5million.
Last season disrupted by ban
According to the Metro, Arsenal only opted to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi as they weren’t willing to meet the asking price for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Omer Toprak. The highly-rated Bundesliga defender is reportedly available for £40M, but the Gunners instead have opted for a player £5M less in Mustafi after agreeing personal terms.
At one point this summer, it did look like Toprak would the defender coming in as the Mustafi deal stalled over a transfer fee, but now the German international has all but signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash. Toprak is three years Mustafi’s senior, but has developed into a top central defender with Leverkusen over the years.
Arsenal are looking for a striker and a prolific one has seemingly stated he is unsure of his future with his current club. That striker is former Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican international has raised doubts about his future at Bayer Leverkusen by saying he is not ruling out a move before the transfer window shuts.
You never know
The striker told Kicker: “You never know what happens in football,”
“In years gone by I have left my club on the last day of the transfer window.
According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has asked Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to sign former-Manchester United and current Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez in January.
Sanchez reportedly believes that the Mexican international would be a top signing for the north London club in January. In fact such is his admiration for the Bayer striker that he has put in a personal request to his boss to sign Hernandez.
Hernandez only moved to Germany in the summer from Old Trafford, but has been in superb form this season, scoring 19 goals in 16 appearances for the German side in all competitions, including 11 in the Bundesliga.