Arsenal are in the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer after inconsistent performances from Petr Cech and David Ospina, with Unai Emery seemingly set to land his prime target.
German outlet Bild state that Arsenal have agreed a deal worth a reported £22m to sign Germany international stopper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat leading the charge.
Leno is seen as the ideal long-term replacement for Cech, who turned 36 last month, and has been a crucial part of Bayer Leverkusen’s side in recent years after joining from fellow Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart.
At 26-years-old, Leno has plenty of years ahead of him and could arrive to fill a position that is a problem area for the Gunners, as it has been for a number of years.
The addition also shows Emery’s desire to rejuvenate the defensive line, following the capture of Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus, while Arsenal are also understood to have agreed a deal to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.