Unai Emery is wasting no time in overhauling his Arsenal squad, as he looks to set to bring in Bayer Leverkusen’s German international goalkeeper Bernd Leno in a £22 million deal.
Leno had been expected to sign for Napoli – Leverkusen admitted he had an agreement with the Serie A side – but it seems that Arsenal have stolen in ahead to sign him, according to German newspaper SportBild.
Arsenal are now hammering out the personal terms of the deal with the 26-year-old, and it is hoped the deal will be concluded before the weekend.
Should Leno join, he will compete with 36-year-old Petr Cech for the number one spot, and it is thought that current back-up stopper David Ospina will be sold.
Leno is highly-rated in Germany – despite missing out on the country’s 23 for the World Cup – and has made 304 appearances in all competitions for Leverkusen, and kept more than 100 clean sheets.
More transfers are expected at Arsenal in the coming weeks as Emery seeks to build the squad in his own image. Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira is also close to joining the club, according to reports.