Arsenal are moving ahead with shifting players out of the club as they prepare to kick off the new Premier League campaign in less than two weeks time.
And according to the very latest reports from multiple journalists, the Gunners are now close to selling Bernd Leno to Fulham after agreeing on a transfer fee.
The Gunners have been playing hard ball for a couple of weeks in negotiations with Marco Silva’s side, who made it quite public that Leno was their number one target.
However, as talks started to reach a bit of a stalemate with both clubs arguing over the odd million pounds, Arsenal look to have jumped on the chance to sell one of the players burning a large amount from their wage bill.
It’s a deal that’s hardly been a secret over the last three months with Leno having reportedly agreed personal terms with the London side multiple weeks ago.
With a World Cup coming up later this year, the 30-year-old has big aspirations to be Germany’s number one pick between the sticks and regular game time is now seen as a must.
The move also allows him to stay living in London whilst playing for Fulham, who are back once again to try and stay in the league, something they’ve failed to do despite plenty of recent promotions.
As we know, the transfer of Leno is no surprise following the recent arrival of Matt Turner, who will now play as back-up to Aaron Ramsdale, the man arguably responsible for Leno’s departure.
Arsenal fans will wish Leno well for the future, a player who was a standout amongst many negatives during the 2019/20 campaign, in which he was voted 2nd place in Arsenal’s Player of the Season awards.
Leno leaves the club having racked up 101 Premier League appearances, more than enough experience to set him up for a successful spell at Arsenal’s London neighbours.