Arsenal chief Edu eyeing three Bernd Leno replacements amid Inter Milan transfer links


Arsenal director Edu has drawn up a list of three potential replacements for Bernd Leno ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports. The German stopper is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, who are believed to be keen on his services.

Leno was Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper until earlier this month when Mikel Arteta decided to start Aaron Ramsdale in their win over Norwich City.

The former Bournemouth keeper managed to keep a clean sheet and has since retained his spot between the sticks as a result of his strong performances.

Ramsdale’s introduction sparked a change in momentum for the Gunners, who are now enjoying a run of three straight wins in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Leno has been forced to settle for a place on the bench after conceding nine top-flight goals in his last three outings.

He is yet to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium and will be able to negotiate a free transfer to a foreign club from January as things stand.

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It seems as though Arsenal are expecting Leno to look for a new challenge, with Edu eyeing a trio of possible replacements for the 29-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that Andre Onana of Ajax remains on Arsenal’s radar, while Barcelona stopper Neto is also said to be a target.

Both players were linked with moves to north London during the summer transfer window before the Gunners eventually signed Ramsdale on a four-year contract.

Onana is not anticipated to sign a new deal with Ajax and has been tipped to join Inter Milan on a free transfer in recent weeks.

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Meanwhile, Neto made two La Liga appearances for Barcelona at the start of the season but has been playing second fiddle to Marc-Andre ter Stegen as of late.

It is also claimed that Arsenal are weighing up a move for David Raya, who has excelled in goal for Brentford since their promotion to the Premier League.

However, the Spaniard is likely to be keen on playing regular football, a perk he already enjoys as first-choice keeper for the Bees.

Arsenal can already call on Arthur Okonkwo to provide cover for Ramsdale if Leno decides to find a new club, but the teenager lacks experience and may not be ready for a role on the bench next season.

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It seems likely that Edu will look to bring in a new man between the sticks, either in January or next summer, with Leno admitting earlier this week that he could be open to joining Inter upon the expiry of his contract.

“London is very nice, Milan is not bad either and closer to my home in Stuttgart,” the Arsenal man told Sport Bild.

“I’m not seriously thinking about that yet. I feel comfortable at Arsenal and in London. Only if nothing changes in my situation by winter would I have to think about things.

“What option do I have, how can I continue? I’m concentrating on my work in training. I can’t commit to anything else at the moment.”



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