Paper Talk: Napoli snub leaves Arsenal as frontrunners for star

Date published: Friday 16th March 2018 8:17

Arsenal have jumped to the front of the queue to land a Bundesliga goalkeeper, while Chelsea are eyeing a shock swoop for a Gunners star, according to Friday’s papers.



Arsenal have reportedly been given hope of signing Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno after Napoli dropped out of the race for his signature.

The Gunners are keen to land the stopper, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, with Napoli now turning their attention to Genoa’s Mattia Perin instead.

Napoli look certain to lose Pepe Reina on a free transfer this summer, with AC Milan the favourites to sign him, and did have initial interest in the highly-rated Leno.

But with Napoli having now switched targets, it leaves the Gunners in the clear to land the player they are eyeing as Petr Cech’s long-term successor.


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