Arsenal are looking to replace veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech this summer and it seems that new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has set his sights on his ideal target.
The Sun claims the north London outfit are preparing a £25m swoop for Bayer Leverkusen’s German international Bernd Leno, who Mislintat believes is the ideal candidate to succeed an ageing and declining Cech.
26-year-old Leno, previously linked with Liverpool and remaining a target for Serie A title chasers Napoli, is keen to leave his current side after seven years in the Bundesliga with Leverkusen- and Arsenal want to bring him to the Premier League.
Leno is a candidate to succeed world-class stopper Manuel Neuer in the Germany side after this summer’s World Cup, where it’s anticipated Neuer will retire, but he needs to battle the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Kevin Trapp and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen for that honour.
A move to Arsenal would give him the chance to make an impression at a higher level and Mislintat is ready to use his links in the Bundesliga to seal a deal.