Arsenal’s major overhaul this summer could lead to the end of one veteran at the Emirates Stadium, as the latest reports put Petr Cech’s position in the first-team under serious doubt.
The Czech Republic international has been heavily criticised this season, including his performance in the recent 2-1 defeat to Brighton, and the 35-year-old could find himself replaced by a younger stopper at the end of the season.
The Daily Mail states that Arsenal have set their eyes on Bayer Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno, who Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat is a huge fan of- and the new figure in the Gunners backroom is keen to sign a new goalkeeper.
Leno, who has spent the past seven years in Leverkusen, has become highly-rated on the continent and the 26-year-old is one of the leading contenders to succeed Manuel Neuer as Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper, as he’s made six appearances for his nation.
Likely to be a part of Joachim Lowe’s World Cup squad this summer, Leno won the Confederations Cup with Germany last summer and could be tempted into a transfer- especially if Leverkusen fail to qualify for the Champions League.
His side are currently fifth in the Bundesliga standings, just a single point behind Eintracht Frankfurt, but a fierce battle remains as just four points separate second in the table from sixth.