Arsenal have been told they can sign Liverpool target Bernd Leno as long as thy meet the club’s £24.5m release clause for the goalkeeper this summer.
Leno has been one of the most impressive between the sticks in Bundesliga ever since joining Bayer Leverkuson from Stuggart in 2011.
The Germany’s international, who’s rated at £18 million by Transfermkt kept a total of 10 cleans sheets in his 33 Bundesliga games last season to help the Bayer club secure a fifth place. However, despite Leno’s impressive performances, the goalkeeper is the another player – after Leroy Sane – to miss out in Joachim Low’s squad for this summer World Cup in Russia.
His form has caught the attention of clubs here in the Premier League with the Daily Star recently claiming that Arsenal and Liverpool are both set to lock horns over the signing of the players.
It’s believed Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new man between the sticks after two costly errors by Loris Karius that costed his side the Champions League title defeat to Real Madrid and Leno is believed to be one of his target after AS Roma’s Alisson Becker.
Leno’s side, however, are hopeful the goalkeeper will get sold this summer and they have already signed a new replacement in Lukas Hradecky as his replacement but they’ve made it clear they’ll sell him if any interested club meet their £24.5m asking price.
Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller is quoted by the newspaper as saying:
“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.
“He had to stay and he did really well last season, but we thought Bernd’s desire to leave would resurface. And so with the arrival of Lukas Hradecky we have a high quality successor.”
No one see Liverpool formalising their interest in the goalkeeper until they’ve all they could to sign Alisson so the door is open for Arsenal to come.
Unai Emery needs to sign a long-term replacement for Petr Cech as he’s 36 and his form dropped dramatically last season so Leno would be a significant upgrade on the Czech legend if Arsenal were to secure his signature.