Arsenal agree £19m deal with Leverkusen for 26-year-old, medical pending

According to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, Arsenal have agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen for goalkeeper Bernd Leno. The Gunners will pay £19.2m for the 26-year-old who is yet to undergo a medical. Leno should be confirmed an Arsenal player this week. His arrival is likely to mean one of Petr Cech or David Ospina is sold or loaned out.

Leno has been linked with the London outfit for some time and looks to finally be on his way to the Emirates. He’s made over 300 appearances for Leverkusen since joining the German Bundesliga side from Vfb Stuttgart in 2012 and has made six caps for the German national team. He failed to make Joachim Loew’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup, however.

Arsenal recently gave the No.1 jersey to Petr Cech, so that may suggest he will stay at the club next season. David Ospina, however, may not remain, as he spent last campaign on the periphery and has tried to leave for a number of years. Given he’s highly unlikely to be first-choice between the sticks, the Colombian could be the one to make way for the new arrival.

Leno is due to undergo a medical before Arsenal confirm the transfer, but it appears the Gunners will have a new and experienced goalkeeper for next season.

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