Arsenal in ‘advanced negotiations’ for German goalkeeper

Arsenal are nearing an agreement to sign German goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, a report from Sky Sports has claimed.

The north London club have been regularly linked with the 26-year-old since the close of the previous campaign and they are now supposedly in ‘advanced negotiations’ for his services.

Sky Sports have not quoted the transfer sum which could be involved but based on recent reports, the Gunners have agreed upon a fee of around £22m for the German keeper.

Should things go as planned, Leno is likely to move ahead of Petr Cech for the role between the sticks and this may present doubts over the future of David Ospina, in particular.

Ospina has been the back-up shot-stopper to Cech over the past three campaigns but the Colombia would certainly not accept a third-choice role, should Leno arrive at the Emirates.

As such, he is likely to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere following the summer World Cup, though things could change between now and his return from the tournament.

Like Ospina, Cech has been associated with a potential move to Napoli in recent days despite the 36-year-old taking the option to change to the number one Gunners shirt last month.

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