What Bernd Leno has said about his Arsenal future amid transfer interest and Andre Onana links
As Mikel Arteta attempts to restructure his team, Bernd Leno might be on his way out of the Emirates this summer. Arsenal has been linked with a deal for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Arsenal have a busy summer ahead of them, with Mikel Arteta planning to rebuild a mostly underperforming side.
The north London club had a poor season in 2020/21, finishing eighth in the Premier League and losing in the Europa League semi-final to Unai Emery's Villarreal - a result that confirmed they would miss out on Champions League football for the fifth season in a row, and European football for the first time in 25 years.
As a result, the Gunners are expected to have a busy transfer window, with a number of first-team players, notably Matteo Guendouzi and Hector Bellerin, expected to leave to make room for new arrivals.
Bernd Leno, the German goalkeeper, might be another significant departure in the coming weeks, according to JoriPress. Arsenal have identified Ajax's Andre Onana as a long-term successor for Leno, who might leave the Emirates this summer.
According to Italian writer Fabrizio Romano, with his Arsenal future unknown, Leno, who only has two years left on his current contract, has been the target of a number of inquiries from interested teams.
“At the moment, nothing has progressed from what I've been informed. Many teams have inquired, but nothing has progressed,” Romano told the Arsenal Lounge.
Last month, though, the German international downplayed the transfer rumours, insisting that he is still pleased with the Emirates.
"I am still pleased at Arsenal," Leno told Sky Sports. "Arsenal is still a huge club, a great name in the globe and in the Premier League."
"No one in the changing room says, 'I want to quit the club; I'm not happy here any more.'"
Since joining the Gunners in the summer of 2018, Leno has made 117 appearances for the club, having joined for a cost of about £19 million from Bayer Leverkusen.