Fulham want to proceed with a deal for Bernd Leno, who has 12 months left on his Arsenal contract, with talks expected to resume when the German goalkeeper returns from holiday
- Fulham are pressing ahead with a move for Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno
- Marco Silva wants a new number one and has also targeted Thomas Strakosha
- Leno, 30, is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Gunners
- He lost his place between the sticks to Aaron Ramsdale at the start of last season
Fulham are pressing ahead with a move for Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with talks expected to resume once the German returns from holiday.
Marco Silva wants to find a new number one this summer after Paulo Gazzaniga and Marek Rodak both played in the Cottagers’ Championship-winning season.
Out-of-contract Lazio shot-stopper Thomas Strakosha has also been on the club’s radar, but Leno looks set to be the target that they will pursue.
Fulham will resume talks with Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno when he returns from holiday
The German is about to enter the final 12 months of his deal at Arsenal, having been at the Emirates Stadium since 2018.
He was the undisputed number one in his first three seasons and started the first three league matches of 2021-22, but then lost his place to Aaron Ramsdale and made only five more appearances in all competitions.
USA international Matt Turner is joining Mikel Arteta’s squad this summer to add further competition between the sticks.
The Cottagers have also targeted out-of-contract Lazio shot-stopper Thomas Strakosha
Leno started last season as Arsenal’s number one before losing his place to Aaron Ramsdale
It means that Leno, 30, may look to leave the Gunners, who would likely be open to a sale to avoid losing him for free next summer.
Meanwhile, Fulham are rivalling Southampton for 16-year-old Bradford City midfielder Freddy Jeffreys.
The teenager has not made his debut for the Bantams first team yet, but is extremely highly-rated and helped the club’s Under-19 side win EFL Youth Alliance North East Division last season.
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