Fulham are confident of concluding a deal to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno this week, according to the Evening Standard.
The London clubs are believed to have agreed a fee for the 30 year-old, who is the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, and wants to move across the capital to boost his chances of playing first-team football in World Cup year. Leno, who was replaced in Mikel Arteta’s starting eleven by Aaron Ramsdale last season, has slipped further down the pecking order at Arsenal after the summer arrival of Matt Turner.
The former Leverkusen and Stuttgart custodian is desperate to play regularly as he hopes to force his way back into the German reckoning ahead of the finals in Qatar this winter and has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal at Craven Cottage. Marco Silva has targeted a new goalkeeper for the start of the Whites’ Premier League campaign and signing Leno, who has won nine senior caps for his country, would be a significant coup for the Cottagers.
Leno will become Fulham’s number one goalkeeper, which would raise questions about Marek Rodak’s future at the club – as the Slovakian international, who has twice won promotion from the Championship only to be usurped by a big-name replacement once the Whites reached the top flight, also wants consistent game-time.