Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
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Arsenal close in on German goalkeeper

Arsenal close in on German goalkeeper

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Bernd Leno for an initial €22m (£19.2m) from Bayer Leverkusen.

The north London club will look to improve on their sixth-placed finish in long-time manager Arsene Wenger's last season at the helm and start the new campaign with a tricky home match against champions Manchester City in August.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Leno - who wasn't called by Joachim Low for the FIFA World Cup - will cost Arsenal somewhere around £22 million. Both goalkeepers have one year remaining on their contracts and, while Cech has generally been the number one, has had a mixed season.

The 30-year-old centre-back has been tipped for a move to Arsenal for several weeks after refusing to sign a new contract at the Westfalonstadion and with just one year left on his deal, Dortmund have made a decision to cash-in.

New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has already signed Swiss World Cup full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free from Juventus, and the addition of Leno suggests he is focused on sorting out Arsenal's defensive problems. Well, it is the spendings on wages and fees over the previous two years.

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