Official: Arsenal hold talks with Petr Cech’s replacement

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Bernd Leno has held talks with Arsenal ahead of a potential transfer to the Emirates this summer, reports say. The Bayern Leverkusen goalkeeper is hot property and recently turned down a move to Napoli, while Arsenal are on the hunt for a new No.1 to replace Petr Cech. Leno rejected the chance to switch to Italy and is holding out for a bigger club to come calling.

German publication Bild claim Arsenal are battling Atletico Madrid for Leno’s signature and a move to either club is possible. ‘I can confirm that there were negotiations with Naples, which we canceled. Naples is not an option,’ a representative of Leno’s, Uli Ferber, confirmed. Leno has made 37 appearances this season and is under contract at Leverkusen until 2020.

The 26-year-old is Leverkusen’s No.1 stopper and is free to leave the club if a side meets the £22million release clause in his contract. An impending change in management at Arsenal means several Gunners are fearing for their futures at the club. Cech has made several high-profile errors this season and is thought to be considering leaving the Emirates this summer.





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