January 17, 2022


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Arsenal star Bernd Leno set to depart on free switch amid curiosity from Inter Milan

Bernd Leno has been Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper for three seasons.
Arsenal could lose Bernd Leno on a free transfer next summer (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal could be set to lose first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno on a free transfer next summer with Serie A champions Inter Milan among the interested parties.

Leno’s current contract at the Emirates is set to run out next summer and his reported unwillingness to sign a new deal could open the door for potential overseas suitors to begin negotiations in January. 

The German stopper has been a regular in goal for Arsenal during the last three seasons after arriving from German club Bayer Leverkusen, but his time in north London looks set to be coming to an end. 

According to Italian outlet Tuttosport, Inter are looking to replace the ageing Samir Handanovic and have earmarked Leno as well and Ajax keeper Andre Onana as potential signings. 

If Leno was to leave, Arsenal would already have a ready-made replacement in Aaron Ramsdale, who they signed from Sheffield United during the summer in a deal that could end up being worth up to £30m. 

Meanwhile, reports suggest that former Tottenham right back Serge Aurier would be open to a move to north London rivals Arsenal after having his contract mutually terminated by Spurs on deadline day. 

Arsenal also have Aaron Ramsdale if Leno was to leave.
If Leno was to leave, Arsenal have a ready-made replacement in Aaron Ramsdale (Picture: Getty)

According to Sky Sports, Aurier’s preference is to remain in England and would have no issues in joining Arsenal should they offer him a deal. 

Aurier would be Arsenal’s seventh signing of the summer after the club spent more than £150m on Ramsdale, Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, Martin Odegaard and versatile Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The Gunners have started off the with three consecutive Premier League defeats without scoring a goal against newly-promoted Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City. They’ll be hoping to bounce back with a positive result at home to Norwich on September 11. 

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