Arsenal are eyeing a number of changes during the summer and, despite not having a manager lined-up to replace Arsene Wenger, are pushing ahead with activity on the transfer market as they seek to bolster their squad.
One priority lies between the sticks following disappointing displays from Petr Cech and David Ospina, which has left Arsenal looking for a new number one to take charge next season – and it seems the Gunners may have identified their man.
German outlet Bild states Arsenal are in discussions to sign Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno and are happy to activate the stopper’s £22m release-clause, with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat leading the charge.
The 26-year-old is highly-coveted though, as Spanish giants Atletico Madrid are also keen, while Napoli were previously linked with the goalkeeper and even held talks with his representatives, though they’ve since pulled out of the chase.
Capped six times by Germany’s national team, Leno is one of the candidates to take over from Manuel Neuer as his nation’s first-choice stopper after the World Cup.