The Gunners have already completed the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus.
According to reports from German outlet BILD, Arsenal are set to bid for Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno. According to the report, Unai Emery has entered the transfer market for a goalkeeper as he intends to replace Petr Cech.
Arsenal’s current goalkeeper is the 36-year old Czech, who has been sloppy this season. The Gunners conceded 51 goals in this season of the Premier League. Arsenal’s second-choice keeper David Ospina has struggled with consistency and spent most of his time on the bench. Hence, Arsenal are forced to make a move for Bernd Leno.
BILD also reported that Bayer Leverkusen has admitted that the 26-year old can leave the club if his buy-out clause is met. The German club recently acquired the services of Lukas Hradecky, who will be his replacement.
However, according to reports, Arsenal can face a bidding war as Liverpool have also entered the race to sign Leno. Liverpool are facing issues with the goalkeeping position as well, as poor performances from Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet have led them to look out for potential replacement.
The German publication has stated that Liverpool has made a £22m offer, as they identify him as a cheaper option, as compared to Alisson Becker. Liverpool’s interest can make Arsenal’s chase for the goalkeeper difficult, as Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League next season, and were the Champions League finalists under Jurgen Klopp this season.
Arsenal, on the other hand, finished 6th in the Premier League.