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.
Obviously one of the most interesting aspects of purchasing a goalkeeper is their age, and at 26, it feels like Leno is being brought into the fold at just the right time. He’s not too young which means he’ll be able to handle a move of this magnitude much better, and he has a few years left before he really moves into the prime of his career. Arsenal can nurture him and slowly bring him up to that point, and given how competitive the Premier League is, he probably won’t have many better opportunities to showcase what he can do on the big stage.
It’s certainly an impressive transfer for the Gunners if they’re able to pull it off, and for Leno, it gives him the opportunity to compete for a team who are on the rise. If he went to Manchester City or Liverpool then the expectations would be much greater given their success in recent years, and now, he can focus on his own game and be the forefront of a defensive unit in the rebuilding phase.
Despite having six appearances to his name for the national team, Leno wasn’t selected to be a part of the Germany squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup this year. While that may ring some alarm bells for a handful of Arsenal fans, it really shouldn’t. After all, we’re talking about the reigning world champions here, and it’s naturally much more difficult to qualify for a place in their squad as opposed to ours.
This should be seen as a blessing in disguise as Leno will have the opportunity to spend even more time developing his skills at the Emirates as he comes to terms with his new life in English football.
Obviously, this could all fall apart which would make our excitement seem a little bit silly, but under the guidance of Emery, it feels like the kind of transfer he’d be able to pull off.
Are you excited by the Bernd Leno news?