Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has detailed when Bernd Leno will take part in a Fulham medical after the Cottagers agreed to sign him from Arsenal.
Leno played for Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen in his native Germany before moving to the Premier League back in July 2018. Arsenal paid Leverkusen around £19.3million to sign the goalkeeper.
He has gone on to make 125 appearances for the Gunners, with 101 of those coming in the Premier League.
Leno remains the Arsenal number one in terms of shirt numbers. But he lost his starting spot to Emiliano Martinez in the latter stages of the 2019-20 season due to a ligament problem.
Leno got his place back the following campaign. But Mikel Arteta was keen to bring in a replacement and Aaron Ramsdale signed from Sheffield United in August 2021 as a result.
Ramsdale is now Arteta’s usual keeper, while the Spanish coach can also rely on new signing Matt Turner.
This means Leno is now third in the pecking order at the Emirates. He wants to play regularly though and Arsenal are therefore willing to let him leave.
Reports have put Newcastle United and PSV Eindhoven in the mix to sign the 30-year-old in recent months. But it is Fulham who have made a move to land him.
Fulham set to capture Bernd Leno
On Sunday, Marco Silva’s side reached an agreement with Arsenal for his signing. As per Romano, it is worth £8million.
Leno will sign a three-year contract at Craven Cottage, with the option of a fourth year, if the transfer reaches completion.
Romano has provided an update on the switch this evening (Monday). He states Leno will undergo a Fulham medical later this week. And if he completes it then he could become Fulham’s latest signing before the Premier League opener against Liverpool on Saturday.
Silva already has Marek Rodak and Paulo Gazzaniga as keeper options in his squad. Rodak made 33 Championship outings last season, keeping 14 clean sheets.
However, Silva clearly feels he can bring in a better shot-stopper. And Leno is the man set to solve this desire.
Leno brings with him a wealth of experience. He has made 223 appearances in the German top flight, as well as playing in over 100 Prem matches. Plus, he is capped nine times by Germany.
On paper this sounds like an excellent signing. But some Fulham fans may be concerned about Leno’s consistency.
He never really had Arteta’s full trust at Arsenal after making several big errors which led to goals. And Fulham cannot afford any of these if they are to remain in the Prem beyond one season.
Meanwhile, Folarin Balogun will spend the new campaign out on loan as the Gunners are ready to sanction a Ligue 1 transfer.