Fulham are reportedly in talks with Arsenal to sign Bernd Leno. The 30-year-old is the club’s favoured candidate and he’s keen to stay in London.
Leno lost his place as the Gunners’ first-choice keeper last season as Aaron Ramsdale consolidated his position between the sticks. Plus, Edu has already negotiated a move for New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner, who has revealed when he will be officially signing for the club.
The American shot-stopper will take part in half of the MLS campaign before travelling to north London later this month, becoming the Gunners’ first signing of the summer transfer window. Turner spoke about when his last game for the Revolution will be, revealing that his official release from the club will be on June 24th.
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Speaking on Fox Sports last month, he said: “My official release [from Revolution] is the 24th June. I think the Revs have games on the 19th June and then the 26th. So, I would be available for selection for the 19th but not the 26th.
“My flight’s booked for right after that game on the 19th. My wife is actually heading over three weeks before that because she’s due [to give birth] in July and she’s got to get over there before that 36-week mark, so we’re gonna be split apart for three weeks. But she’ll be over there, I’ll get out there and then do my medical and get ready for a new season to start.”
Although there’s still not been an official announcement, football.londonreported back in January that an initial £4.5million deal had been agreed between the two clubs. That fee is then set to climb to £7.5million, depending on bonuses.
Turner’s arrival means that Leno is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium. Now, The Athletic report that Fulham are in talks to sign the German, who wants to stay in London.
Leno would be Fulham’s first signing of the summer, while they have already sold Fabio Carvalho to Liverpool and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has joined Napoli. With Arsenal keen to sell, and as he has just one-year left on his contract, a purchase is a very real possibility.