Arsenal Goalkeeper closing in on £8 million switch to Fulham

Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno (Photo by PETER BYRNE/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno (Photo by PETER BYRNE/AFP via Getty Images) /

Arsenal’s now second-choice goalkeeper is on his way out of the Emirates stadium, however, he will stay in London with Fulham the team trying to snatch him up from them.

After returning to the Premier League, Fulham and their manager Marco Silva prepare for another season in the English top flight. The Cottagers have had plenty of relegations and promotions to the Premier League in the last decade. But this time, they look to stay longer in the top flight.

The club have been busy in the summer transfer window to reinforce its ranks ahead of the new season. So far, Fulham have signed four players while bidding adieu to plenty of players. Joao Palhinha (from Sporting Lisbon) and Andreas Pereira (from Manchester United) remain their primary imports. Both players have signed five and four-year contracts, respectively, at the club.

They are also close to signing Wolfsburg’s Kevin Mbabu but they know that a lot more business is to be done to make the team more competitive in the Premier League this season.

Fulham Are Now Working On Bernd Leno Deal

Fulham are now working towards adding Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno to their list of imports this season. The German shot-stopper has fallen out of favour at the Emirates. After three seasons of being Arsenal’s #1, Mikel Arteta has deemed the German expendable, owing to the great exploits of Aaron Ramsdale last season.

Leno made 125 appearances for Arsenal over four seasons.  But the German keeper let in nine goals in the first three games last season, which put Arsenal down in the bottom three at the start of the campaign.

As a result, he was dropped from the starting lineup and featured in only eight games in all competitions. The English goalkeeper has since made the spot his own with some exceptional performances for the Gunners last season.

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With regular football on offer, Leno might be tempted to make the switch to the southwest of London. The initial few offers from Fulham were rejected by Arsenal who demanded a fee in the region of £12 million. But recent reports suggest that the Gunners are willing to accept the current fee bid by Fulham.