Arsenal are now demanding £15million from Fulham to sign Bernd Leno, with the goalkeeper reportedly becoming frustrated at the developments.
Leno arrived at the Emirates Stadium under Unai Emery and proved a key player under the Spaniard. Since Mikel Arteta’s arrival, though, it has become clear that the German has no future with the Gunners.
Last summer, Arteta signed Aaron Ramsdale as his new first-choice goalkeeper. The England hopeful usurped Leno in September and has not looked back.
However, Matt Turner’s arrival has now relegated Leno to third-choice. Arsenal and Leno both subsequently feel that, with one year left on his deal, now is the time to leave.
Fulham have led the chase for the Germany international and have in fact agreed personal terms. However, as CBS Sports now reveals, the transfer fee remains the big problem.
Initial reports claimed that Arsenal wanted £8.5million as a starting point in negotiations for Leno. Fulham then thought they had made a breakthrough with a £10million offer.
However, Arsenal have turned that bid down and have reportedly sent a ‘counter-proposal’ of £15million.
That has frustrated Fulham but Leno’s disappointment is greater, the report adds, given he agreed personal terms with the Premier League newcomers some time ago.
Leno to Fulham still expected
CBS Sports adds that transfer talks between Arsenal and Fulham have not completely broken down. Indeed, there is a ‘will’ from all parties to try to reach an agreement.
Nevertheless, the Cottagers want their new goalkeeper in as soon as possible ahead of their Premier League opener against Liverpool on August 6.
For their part, Arsenal want to squeeze as much money out of their now-third-choice goalkeeper as they can.
All Leno can do is wait and hope Fulham either buckle to Arsenal’s demands, or the Gunners agree to a compromise.
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Leno is no doubt becoming more frustrated anticipating the opportunities that await him at Craven Cottage.
He was once a Premier League regular at Arsenal but now has next to no chance of making it at Arsenal again.
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Fulham struggled in their sole Premier League season in 2020/21, suffering relegation back to the Championship.
But if Leno makes an impression in the move across London ahead of the World Cup, Germany boss Hansi Flick will no doubt be keeping tabs on the 30-year-old.