Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is attracting no shortage of transfer interest amid suggestions that he could be set to leave the club this summer, according to reports. The German stopper has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium ahead of the new campaign, with the Gunners looking to lead a large-scale overhaul of their playing squad over the coming weeks and months.
Leno featured in all but three of his side’s Premier League matches this season, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.
Despite maintaining his grip on a starting berth since joining Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018, the 29-year-old’s immediate future appears to be far from certain.
Recent reports have suggested that the Gunners will look to offload Leno along with a number of other players in order to bolster their summer transfer kitty.
It remains to be seen whether Leno will eventually be shipped out, but it seems as though he could be spoilt for choice if he is forced to find a new club in the near future.
Plenty of interested parties have already enquired about the possibility of signing the Germany international, but Arsenal are yet to enter into advanced talks with any club, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Although Leno has previously declared that he wants to stay with the Gunners and fight for his place, it has been suggested that his personal stance on a move may have changed.
The former Leverkusen and Stuttgart man would be open to the idea of a new challenge, according to football.london, despite claiming last month that it would be his preference to remain on Arsenal’s books for at least another year.
“I am still happy at Arsenal, Arsenal is still a big club, a big name in the world and in the Premier League,” Leno told Sky Sports.
“There is nobody in the dressing room who says: ‘I want to leave the club, I am not happy here anymore’.
“We still have a good environment at the club and in the dressing room. Of course, at times it was not easy this season, but this is part of football.
“It’s not good to feel sorry for ourselves, we need to move forward and change it to a positive as soon as possible.”
If Arsenal decide to part ways with Leno ahead of next season, they will need to land a suitable replacement in order to improve their defensive credentials.
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, who is currently banned until February of next year due to a previous doping violation, has been heavily tipped to join the club as of late.
An appeal has been lodged against the ban, with the outcome pending, which could see the Cameroonian stopper’s punishment overturned or reduced in the coming weeks if successful.
Meanwhile, former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has admitted that he would be more than happy to see Leno sold by the club in the summer transfer window.
“Leno has not been consistent enough this season, and that is why I question whether he is a top-level goalkeeper,” Campbell told Football Insider.
“At Arsenal, you need a top-level goalkeeper and there is definitely better out there than Leno.
“At the end of the day, if you can sign a top-class goalkeeper and get Leno moved on, you do it. He would not want to play second fiddle.”