Arsenal manager Unai Emery is all but set to finally find a long-term solution to his goalkeeping department which has been a major concern for the new manager ahead of next season.
Unai is not comfortable with Petr Cech being his first-choice goalie in the upcoming season due to some costly mistakes made by the Czech international in the past season.
Since his first day as the Gunners manager, Unai has been tracking some goalies whom he believes will displace the former Chelsea goalkeeper from his starting lineup in the summer, according to kicker.
Kicker, who are known for their unique and accurate new, reported this morning that the Gunners have finally reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen for their first-choice netminder Bernd Leno.
The 26-year-old was left out of Joachim Loew’s World Cup squad and that appeared to be a good thing for the Gunners, who are planning to render him a long-term contract as soon as he passes his medicals which is reportedly going to take place today (Tuesday) at North London.
Kicker also reports that Napoli made a last-minute move to block the deal from materializing by offering a £16m contract to the Bundesliga club but it wasn’t enough to beat the Gunners’ bid which we learnt was around £22m.
Signing Bernd Leno could be the end of the road for Petr Cech at the Emirates Stadium.
The 36-year-old netminder will be pushed down the pecking order by Leno and that won’t be a great scenario for a goalie, who is used to being a regular starter since his days at Chelsea.