Arsenal are understood to have upped their negotiations to sign Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno ahead of the opening of the summer transfer window.
The Germany international goalkeeper had been tipped to make the switch to Napoli, but talks are believed to have broken down, with Leno’s representative recently claiming there are ‘other sides’ vying for his client’s signature.
German news outlet, Bild, claim the Gunners have opened up talks with the 26-year-old, who is said to be keen on a fresh challenge after seven years with Leverkusen.
Leno has made nearly 300 appearances for the club during that time, earning a reputation for being an expert penalty stopper.
As per the report, the shot-stopper has a £22m release clause included in his contract, and this has made him not only a viable option, but an affordable one too, as the Gunners look to bolster their goalkeeping department.
Arsenal are fully expected to find a replacement for veteran Petr Cech, after his notable errors over the course of the season have left some questioning his worth in the long run.
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