Arsenal signs German keeper, Bernd Leno


Germany international keeper Bernd Leno has moved to Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in a £20million deal, which was confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Leverkusen posted to Twitter: ‘Bernd Leno is joining Arsenal, effective immediately. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication, Bernd! We wish you all the best in this next phase of your career!’

Arsenal then announced the deal on their own social media page, with a short video captioned ‘he’s a keeper’.

The 26-year-old has agreed a five-year deal with the Emirates Stadium club and will join Unai Emery’s revolution for a £20m transfer fee.

Emery told the club website: ‘Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. He has been a top performer and regular No 1 goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years.

‘We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.’

Talks have been ongoing for several weeks, and with the formalities complete Leno will now swap Germany for England.

Emery has also lined up Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos with more talks ongoing with other targets.

Leno signed for Leverkusen in 2011 from Stuttgart and in the September became the youngest goalkeeper to feature in a Champions League match at the age of just 19 years and 193 days, during a group-stage game against Chelsea.

Notably, Leno has missed just five Bundesliga games across the last seven seasons, making him one of the most recognisable figures in German football. He will leave Bayer Leverkusen with 304 appearances to his name.

Leno has won six senior caps for Germany, however he missed out on a place in the World Cup squad, with Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Kevin Trapp selected for the Russia showpiece.

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