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.
Cech form not helping defence
Arsenal have been poor defensively in the last few seasons. In fact, defence has been one of the weak spots of the Gunners team. No doubt Arsenal need to recruit some new defenders this summer, as the current crop are simply not good enough.
However, defenders can only produce solid displays if they have confidence in the last line of defence, their goalkeeper. Cech’s displays last season gave his defenders very little confidence, which could have had a bearing on the number of goals conceded.
Cech was not entirely responsible for the poor defensive record, neither are the defenders. The whole team have to take responsibility for the defensive fiascos in recent seasons.
Bernd Leno is highly-rated
The 26-year-old Germany international Leno, who is currently preparing for the World Cup with his national side, is highly-rated. In fact, he is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga and could prove to be a solid goalkeeping option for the Gunners.
He may only be third choice for Germany, but he does have not small goalkeeping talents of Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen. He is still relatively young for a goalkeeper too, so could become Germany number one in the future.
Leno signing would make sense
A new goalkeeper has to be a priority for Unai Emery and the people making the decisions on transfers at the north London club. Leno looks like he would be a good signing for the north London club.
He looks like a reliable ‘keeper and his fee is relatively small by modern standards. Bayer Leverkusen has already signed a replacement in Lukas Hradecky, who arrived from Eintracht Frankfurt, so they are now open to selling Leno.
Emery has a job on his hands bringing in the players required to improve the Gunners squad. With a limited budget, it seems he faces a major uphill task.
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