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Arsenal’s interest in Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno is said to be increasing, and the Gunners are expected to launch a move for his services this summer after learning he has a €25 million (£22 million) buyout clause.
The Mirror’s Neil Moxley reported Arsenal want the Germany international as a replacement for Petr Cech, who will soon enter the final year of his deal at the Emirates Stadium.
Cech, 35, is nearly 10 years Leno’s senior and has attracted some scrutiny that the quality of his performances has declined this season, although the same could be said for numerous stars among Arsenal’s ranks.
Leno is nearer the other end of his career and could leave the BayArena for an affordable sum in the summer, seven years after he moved to Leverkusen from Stuttgart.
Despite joining as a youngster—he was 19 at the time—Leno quickly established himself as Die Werkself’s go-to man between the posts and has reigned ever since, making more than 300 appearances in Leverkusen colours.
Manager Arsene Wenger will leave the Emirates this summer, making it as good a time as any for Arsenal to invest in the goalkeeper position. Leno looks likely to be a part of Germany’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad and boasts a big potential upside at only 26.
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