Bernd Leno has been perturbed with Arsenal’s ‘counter-proposal’ to Fulham. Arsenal sent back a proposal asking for £ 15 million for Leno. Leno arrived at the North London club under the aegis of Unai Emery. Moreover, he soon became the number one keeper for the Gunners.
However, after Mikel Arteta arrived, the scenario changed. It is now imminent that Leno has no future in the Emirates anymore. Last season, Arteta signed Aaron Ramsdale and he raised the ranks to become the first-choice goalkeeper.
Moreover, the signing of Matt Turner has pushed Leno further down the pecking order. Therefore, both Arsenal and Leno feel that with one year left on his contract, this is the apt time for him to leave. Since then, Fulham have been leading the race to sign and even personal terms have been agreed upon with the German international.
Now, CBS Sports report that the transfer remains a hurdle for Fulham. Initially, reports were out that suggested that Arsenal would be happy with the £8.5m transfer fee for Leno. Fulham consequently made a £10m offer and was sure to win the bid. However, unfortunately, that bid was rejected and a ‘counter proposal’ of £15m has been sent. This has been a sore point for Leno as he had already agreed on personal terms with the newly promoted team.
Fulham is still the favorite to sign Leno from Arsenal
The report from CBS Sports adds that talks between Fulham and Arsenal over Leno have not seen a dead end. It is understood that there is ‘will from all parties to try to reach an agreement. Moreover, Fulham wants to sign Leno before their first Premier League game against Liverpool on August 6. On the part of the Gunners, they want to incur as much money out of their benched goalkeeper as they can.
Now, all Leno can hope is that Arsenal reduces their demand or Fulham can meet the high demand of the Gunners.
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