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Arsenal are closing-in on a £22m deal to sign Bernd Leno leaving Liverpool in pole position to land Southampton’s Alex McCarthy this summer, according to TeamTalk.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with a move for McCarthy in recent weeks after his impressive campaign between the sticks played a key role in helping Southampton survive the drop.
However, TeamTalk claim that Arsenal are focussing their attention on signing Leno and are in advanced talks over a £22m deal to land the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper.
The Gunners are expected to bring in a new number one to replace Petr Cech this summer and the report says head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is close to agreeing terms with Leno’s agent over a move to the Emirates.
The German international has been in excellent form once again for Leverkusen this season and it seems the 26-year-old is on the verge of sealing a switch to north London this summer.
That would pave the way for Liverpool to step-up their interest in McCarthy as Jurgen Klopp looks to sign reliable competition for Loris Karius ahead of next season.
Simon Mignolet is expected to leave Anfield after losing his place and it seems Liverpool are ready to raid St Mary’s yet again having recently signed the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne from the Saints.