Wenger To Launch Bid For £25m-Rated German – Reports

By on February 10, 2015

Yet more transfer speculation circulating today with the Metro reporting that Arsenal will table an offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s highly-rated goalkeeper Bernd Leno at the end of the season.

Wojciech Szczesny has been axed as our No.1 in recent weeks after his poor performance at Southampton while the Pole was also disciplined for smoking in the dressing room after the game at St Mary’s.

It’s led to reports suggesting that Arsene Wenger has lost his patience with the 24-year-old and will look to bring in a new first choice keeper this summer with the likes of Hugo Lloris and Petr Cech touted as potential targets.

However, the Metro claim today that Arsene has identified Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno as the man he wants and will table a formal offer for the 22-year-old at the end of the season.

Leno has emerged as one of the hottest young goalkeepers in Europe and has established himself as a regular since breaking into the Leverkusen first team as a teenager in 2011, so the German side will demand a fee in excess of £25m for his signature.

I think our goalkeeping situation is certainly going to come under review at the end of the season and Szczesny is no doubt playing for his future at the club, so it’s going to be interesting to see what happens this summer.

I’m not convinced by David Ospina just yet but I think Arsene will assess his options based on how the Colombian and Szczesny perform over the coming months. If neither player makes the No.1 shirt their own then I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new No.1 come in at the end of the season.

Will that man be Leno? I personally don’t see Arsene spending over £25m on a player who is even younger and less established than Szczesny, so I’d be shocked if the German Under-21 star did arrive at the Emirates.

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