Bernd Leno wants to join Fulham from Arsenal this summer and has reached a verbal agreement over personal terms in anticipation of a deal between the two clubs, it has been claimed.
Leno is on the lookout for a new club this summer after being usurped by Aaron Ramsdale at Arsenal. The German goalkeeper still feels worthy of a starting role elsewhere. And with Arsenal having signed Matt Turner to deputise for Ramsdale, all signs point to a transfer for Leno.
He has had a few options on the table. Fulham have been among the interested parties as they look for a new goalkeeper after their Premier League return.
There has been competition from elsewhere, but it appears Leno is leaning strongly towards the cross-capital switch.
According to Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenburg, Leno has now reached a verbal agreement with Fulham over his contract. If he joins them, it will be for three years, with the option of an additional 12 months.
The newly promoted side view Leno as their preferred candidate to become number one next season. In turn, the 30-year-old now has his heart set on a move to Craven Cottage.
Before he can make a move, though, the clubs must agree a fee. Despite clearly planning for a future without Leno, Arsenal are still holding out for the right deal.
According to Plettenburg, they are demanding a fee between £10m and £11m. Leno is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Fulham a good choice for Bernd Leno
Although Leno could have experienced European football by joining a different club, Fulham could be a good choice for him.
From a personal point of view, he will not need to uproot from London. Professionally, he should be guaranteed regular starts for Marco Silva’s side.
What’s more, he will be able to continue his time as a Premier League player into a fifth season.
During his Arsenal career, Leno has played 125 times, keeping 37 clean sheets. Now, the former Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper could be taking his talents to Fulham – and he would go there with a point to prove.