Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has reportedly emerged as a target for Newcastle United heading into the summer transfer window.
A recent report from Daily Mail has offered detailed insights on Newcastle United’s quest to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer transfer window. The Magpies have targeted no less than four candidates who can add competition for Martin Dubravka next season.
Newcastle’s pursuit of Chelsea outcast Kepa Arrizabalaga has been well documented in the past. While the Spaniard remains an option for the club for next season, Bernd Leno has emerged as a potential alternative due to his experience and pedigree at the highest level of football.
Formerly of Bayer Leverkusen, Leno is currently one of the most high-profile goalkeepers in Europe, who is warming the bench this season, after falling behind Aaron Ramsdale in the pecking order at Arsenal at the start of the campaign. The German has not been able to displace the Englishman between the sticks, but he has done well whenever called upon.
What has been particularly impressive about Leno has been his professionalism. He has not complained about his lack of game-time and has stepped up to the plate whenever required, notably starring in Arsenal’s recent win over Aston Villa.
Leno’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with Newcastle United reportedly targeting him for next season. The Magpies are aware of the German’s contract situation at Arsenal, with his current deal at the Emirates expiring at the end of next season.
Leno is reportedly keen on sealing an exit from north London in the summer. He could be open to a potential move to Newcastle United as well, although the Magpies are set to face stiff competition from other European giants in the race to sign the Arsenal shot-stopper next season.
The likes of Inter Milan are said to be in contention to sign the German, with the Nerazzurri keen on securing a long-term replacement for Samir Handanovic. Fortunately for Newcastle, they have no shortage of alternatives to the Arsenal outcast in their quest to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer.
The report suggests the Magpies are keeping a close eye on Dean Henderson and Sam Johnstone, in addition to Kepa and Leno. They are in contention to sign Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir as well, even though the Trabzonspor star does not have much experience at the highest level of football.