German goalkeeper Bernd Leno is expected to become Arsenal'ssecond major signing of the summer after the club agreed to meet Bayer Leverkusen's €25m valuation, according to reports in Germany.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a number of shot-stoppers ahead of the summer transfer window, ranging from Atlético Madridstar Jan Oblak to Stoke City's Jack Butland.
But it now appears that the club have identified their number one target, with Arsenal's head of recruitment Sven Mislintat once again looking to the Bundesliga for a key signing.
German outlet Sport Bildhave reported how the 26-year-old goalkeeper is 'expected' to join Arsenal this summer. Leno has just two years left on his contract at the BayArena, and now faces competition for a first-team place from Czech goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.
The move is largely being met with mixed emotions from fans on social media. The former Stuttgart goalkeeper has seen a lot of praise come his way from the majority of Arsenal fans, but supporters back in Germany are warning the Gunners not to get their hopes up - Leno is prone to the occasional high-profile error.
Bernd Leno has committed the second most errors directly leading to a goal (9) out of any keeper in the Bundesliga 2016. https://t.co/KH0eHcOl2N
Although a deal to bring Leno to the Emirates is believed to be very close, announcing the signing could be held off until July. Borussia Dortmunddefender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also expected to have his move to Arsenal finalised next month.
Along with Leno and Sokratis, as well as the club's first signing Stephan Lichtsteiner, new manager Unai Emery could also have a combative midfielder join his ranks this summer.