Reports today first from the Evening Standard and now from The telegraph claim that Arsenal’s director of football, Edu Gaspar, has given up on holding out for £15m for Bernd Leno and that Fulham are close to agreeing an initial £8m fee for the German international goalkeeper.
The Leno saga has gone on for the majority of the window after Fulham made initial contact talks have been ongoing for weeks and it appears now as if Fulham will get their number one target.
Leno was ousted as Arsenals first choice when the Gunners signed Aaron Ramsdale last Summer and he made what appears to be his final appearance for them in a 1-0 win over Aston villa towards the end of last season. Arsenal have since brought in Matt Turner and Leno appears to have dropped to 3rd choice at the Emirates, coupled with him heading into his final year of his contract it would make sense for the Gunners to part ways with the Keeper.
The German international has made it clear that he wants to make the move across London and it’s widely reported that personal terms have already been agreed with Leno taking a significant pay cut to complete the move.
The deal would represent somewhat of coup for Marco Silva as he continues to shape his team ahead of an opening day game against Liverpool, Manor Solomon was added officially earlier today and Kevin Mbabu will be announced very soon by the club as well. Should Fulham add Leno it would mean the whites have done some very good business this window so far.