Arsenal have confirmed the signing of German international goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 26-year-old has become the latest arrival as the club begins the Unai Emery era, in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £19.2m.
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Leno made more than 300 appearances for Leverkusen in a seven-year spell with the Bundesliga club. He has also made six senior caps for Germany, and while he was selected in Jogi Low’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup, he missed the cut for the final 23-man panel.
Emery said of the new arrival:
“We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us. Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years. We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.”
It is expected that Leno will become the number one goalkeeper at the Emirates for the coming season, meaning that one of Petr Cech and David Ospina will likely be sold, with the other acting as the new stopper’s understudy for the immediate future.
It is Arsenal’s second official signing of the Emery ear, following the free transfer of Swiss international right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus earlier this month. There have also been strong reports to suggest that Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopolos – though it seems to be the case that this won’t be made official by the Premier League side until July 1st.