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PSV join race for Bernd Leno as unwanted Arsenal goalkeeper gives Fulham transfer jolt

Bernd Leno, Crystal Palace v Arsenal April 2022

PSV Eindhoven have put their name in the hat alongside Fulham to sign wantaway Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, according to a report.

The German stopper has enjoyed four years at the Emirates Stadium following his arrival as an Unai Emery signing. While he was a regular in his first three seasons, he now finds himself somewhat stranded.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta signed Aaron Ramsdale as his new first-choice goalkeeper. And after replacing Leno for a Premier League win over Norwich in September, Ramsdale has not looked back.

On the flipside, though, Leno has had a lot of thinking to do over his future as he enters the final year of his contract.

It has become clear that Arsenal are willing to let him go. Indeed, they have signed American stopper Matt Turner as their new deputy between the sticks.

Benfica and Fulham subsequently emerged as the first two contenders for Leno’s signature.

According to Kicker, though, Eredivisie giants PSV have now joined them in the hunt.

The Dutch club want a new senior goalkeeper in their ranks who is looking for a new challenge and Leno fits the bill perfectly.

PSV give Fulham Leno jolt

Arsenal trio Nuno Tavares, Bernd Leno and Mohamed Elneny

PSV’s interest could spring Fulham back into gear as they look to make Leno a goalkeeper signing of their own.

Their interest in the nine-cap Germany international surfaced towards the start of June. Since then, though, talk of a Cottagers deal has gone quiet.

Benfica also had interest in Leno but reportedly cannot afford Arsenal’s £8.5million price tag.

The news of PSV gunning for the stopper could force Fulham to step up their talks.

The Cottagers, though, have other irons in the fire, including Sporting midfielder Joao Palhinha and Wolfsburg right-back Kevin Mbabu.

Arsenal goalkeeping ranks secure

But while clubs scramble to try and sign Leno, Arsenal are safe in the knowledge that they have resolved their goalkeeping situation.

Ramsdale enjoyed an excellent debut season and has built up a solid relationship with Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes in defence.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old Turner will be looking to prove himself when he gets the chance.

As for Leno, he needs a new challenge as Arsenal have moved on from him being a first-team option.

A move to Fulham would be the perfect option if he wants to stay in London and the Premier League.

However, a new challenge in a new league could also tempt him.