The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have been relatively disappointed by the diminishing form of Peter Cech during recent seasons, and they are hoping their new manager will find a replacement for the Premier League veteran during the summer window.
Peter Cech has been one of the standout goalkeepers of the Premier League era during his 14 years in the English top-flight. After spending 11 seasons with Chelsea, the Czech Republic international controversially moved to Arsenal in 2015 where he has remained the number one goalkeeper ever since.
However, the quality of his performances have been rather erratic, and there is a suggestion emerging from the Gunners faithful propping up our bar that the time is right for him to embark on a new challenge. Cech is undoubtedly a quality goalkeeper, but it’s difficult to argue that he is on a level with the likes of Ederson, David De Gea and Thiubaut Courotis.
If Arsenal want to return to the top-four next season they will need to sign a goalkeeper who has the potential to match the standard set by the aforementioned trio, and one man who is certainly up to the task is Bernd Leno (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) of Bayer Leverkusen. According to the German media outlet Bild, Leno and senior figures at Leverkusen have agreed that this summer represents an ideal time for the 25-year-old to make use of the “exit option” in his contract which would allow him to depart for a fee in the region of 20-25 million euros.
Considering the extent of Leno’s talent and potential to improve, that’s a a price tag they would be foolish not to take full advantage of. The 26-year-old goalkeeper has been Leverkusen’s number one stopper since he broke into the first-team as a 19-year-old after signing on loan from Stuggart, and his performances have enabled him to establish a reputation as one of the Bundesliga’s best goalkeepers.
The German international has struggled to break into the national side due to competition from Manuel Nueur, but with 7 years of Bundesliga experience under his belt as well as plenty of Champions League appearances, there’s no doubt he possesses both the technical and mental skill-set to thrive at Arsenal next season.
Leno is a brilliant shot-stopper, a wise decision-maker and a mentally tough character, and in the current-market it would represent a bargain acquisition if Arsenal managed to secure his services for as little as 25 million euros.
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