Arsenal don’t have to spend a single penny to replace Bernd Leno in the transfer market
Mikel Arteta and Edu may not need to look too far to find a potential replacement for Bernd Leno at Arsenal.
As reported by football.london, the Gunners duo will target a new replacement goalkeeper if, as expected, the Germany international leaves the club in the January transfer window.
Having lost his place between the sticks for Arsenal’s Premier League games against Aaron Ramsdale, Leno has hinted that he will end his stay at the Emirates Stadium if his situation does not change in the coming months.
“It is only if nothing changes in my situation by the winter that I should think about: what option do I have, how can I continue? But I am concentrating on my work in training”, a he told SportBild, via Sport Witness. “I can’t commit to anything else at this time.”
According to Rudy Galetti, Serie A giants Inter Milan have become potential suitors for the keeper and it has been revealed that Arsenal are ready to listen to the € 15million (£ 12.8million) offers for the 29-year-old.
If a team hits that asking price, one would expect the Gunners to use that windfall to sign a replacement for Leno.
But should the north London team tap into the transfer market to recruit another keeper, or would they be better off just promoting within their ranks?
In Karl Hein, Arsenal have a young goalkeeper who is already an established international with Estonia.
The 19-year-old was arguably the club’s best player during the September international break as he was in superb form to fend off Gareth Bale and Tyler Roberts in a goalless draw against Wales.
And the teenager repeated the round on Friday night as he reminded Arteta and Edu of his potential in keeping another clean sheet as Estonia defeated Belarus 2-0 in a UEFA Cup qualifier. world.
Hein has been involved with Arsenal’s first team on several occasions over the past 18 months, both in training sessions and in match squads, although he has yet to make his debut. in senior competition.
While Estonia isn’t much of a household name in international football, the fact that Hein was able to show he has the temper and ability to play at this level in his younger years may bode well for the to come up.
After signing a new contract at Arsenal last month, there’s every chance Arteta and Edu will have the perfect succession plan if – or when – Leno ends up leaving the Emirates right in front of them.
“It means a lot to extend my contract with this great club, a great club in Europe, a massive club with traditions. I’m very happy, very happy,” he told Arsenal Media.
“My ambitions are to play for Arsenal at the end of the day, to train hard, to keep improving and hopefully have my chance.
“Step by step, every day I feel more comfortable and it’s been a good preseason and I’m looking forward to this season.”