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Bernd Leno Frustrated As Arsenal Raise Their Valuation

Bernd Leno, Six Sports

In order to get Bernd Leno, Arsenal is now asking Fulham for £15 million. The German is apparently getting dissatisfied with the situation.

Leno joined the Emirates Stadium under Unai Emery and established himself as a prominent member of the squad. He was considered one of the best shot-stoppers in the league. But it has become abundantly evident since Mikel Arteta’s arrival that the German has little chance of remaining with the Gunners. Although he excels at shot-stopping, he is not the best with the ball at his feet. 

Arteta signed Aaron Ramsdale during the summer window last season. In September, the England international replaced Leno, and he hasn’t looked back since. His distribution is superior to that of the German, which makes him a good fit in Arteta’s possession-based system. The recent signing of Matt Turner has made the prospect of Leno returning even more unlikely.

Why Is The Move For Leno Stalling?

Fulham has taken the lead in the pursuit of  Leno and has really reached an agreement on personal terms. But as CBS Sports has recently made clear, the transfer fee is still the key issue.

Initial sources said that Arsenal’s first offer for Leno was £8.5 million. With a £10 million offer, Fulham then believed they had achieved success. But now the Gunners have raised the price to £15 million, much to Leno’s dismay.

Leno is undoubtedly growing more frustrated as he anticipates the possibilities at Craven Cottage. He used to be an Arsenal regular in the Premier League, but now he has almost no chance of returning.

Fulham would like to seal the transfer soon. They have been up and down the Premier League, and will hope this time it can be different. The addition of an experienced goalkeeper like Bernd Leno can play a huge part in their pursuit of survival.

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