Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Fulham to sell goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with the German international set to sign for the west London club for £8m.
According to the Athletic, the 30-year-old shot-stopper is set to move to Craven Cottage before the start of the season with Arsenal now agreeing to a fee with Fulham to sell Leno, with the Gunners looking to shift off the former Bundesliga superstar for the majority of the summer.
Signed from Bayern Leverkusen in 2018 for a reported £19m, Leno was Arsenal’s no. 1 for three seasons before the surprise arrival of Aaron Ramsdale last summer saw the England youngster take over the position to incredible effect last year, with the 24-year-old viewed as a vital part of the Gunners long-term plans.
Despite Leno’s quality that made the German a crucial member of Arsenal’s squad since 2018 and hailed as ‘amazing’, the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup means the goalkeeper should be looking to play regular football for the upcoming season, with Fulham an ideal destination for the shot-stopper.
Indeed, Arsenal have been looking to sell Leno for some time, and with Fulham newly promoted to the Premier League, the 30-year-old brings outstanding quality to the goalkeeping position for Marco Silva’s squad, something that could keep the Cottagers in the top-flight for the first time in a while.
The motivation of the World Cup could spur Leno on to perform the best he ever has since moving to England, and being sold by Arsenal could also inspire the goalkeeper to showcase to the Gunners what they are missing out on by selling him to a London rivals.
Arsenal are making a great decision selling Leno to Fulham
Arsenal are yet to sell a single player this summer for any form of money, and whilst the Gunners are making a loss on Leno, offloading the keeper to Fulham is a great move for all parties involved and one that could help Mikel Arteta bring in another new face this summer.
After all, Leno is one of Arsenal’s highest-paid players, and getting another big earner off the payroll with no real future at the club is another big step in the right direction for Arteta to build the squad he wants that could one day compete for the Premier League title.