Arsenal are looking to offload their star goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the next summer transfer window. North London giants recently signed Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United and expect Englishman to be their number one choice in the coming years.
Bernd Leno arrived at Emirates Stadium from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018. Leno has been a regular performer for the Gunners but it is not enough for struggling Arsenal. Arsenal have won their first match of the season after losing the opening three fixtures.
Manager Mikel Arteta spent huge in the recently closed transfer window. Signing a new first-choice goalkeeper was never an agenda for the Premier League giants. But the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale for a transfer fee of £30 million surprised many Gunners.
Ramsdale will not be a big update on Leno, considering his form with current Championship side Sheffield United last season. Many eyebrows were raised after realizing the transfer fee was spent on the English International. The 23-year-old keeper has age on his side and boosts up big potential.
Arsenal set to lose Leno on a free transfer?
Leno still has two years left on his contract, which expires in June 2023. If Leno fails to win his position in Arteta’s first team then Arsenal will try to sell him next year. But they fear losing him on a free transfer if Leno stays after this season.
Arsenal signed Ransdale for future number one, and to provide more challenge to Leno. But he started Arsenal’s last game, prompting Leno’s future at Emirates. If Arteta continues to play Ramsdale in Premier League fixtures then it will be a clear road for Leno to consider his future.
There is also the possibility of Arsenal selling Leno in the January transfer window if a big offer is there for the 29-year-old stopper. He will be 30 years old in the next transfer window, which will affect his transfer market value.
According to a report from SportsMail, Arsenal signed Ramsdale to get offers for Leno next year. Fans will be hoping to get some funds from the sale of Leno will be better than losing him for a free transfer.
Ramsdale continue to start ahead of Leno?
Fans raised questions over the selection of Ramsdale ahead of Leno against Norwich. In the post-match interview, Arteta explained his decision.
“We have two fantastic goalkeepers and never forgot what Bernd has done for us and what a good goalkeeper he is.” “I had to make decisions and I felt Aaron was the right one to do so and like in any other position, and that is what we decided today.” – Arteta told to Arsenal.com.
Ramsdale was delighted after his fantastic debut in Arsenal jersey. He kept a clean sheet to help Gunners beat Norwich by 1-0.
“I don’t know what the manager is going to do. “This might have just been a tactical tweak so it is my responsibility to force him to carry on picking me, which is something I have to do on a daily basis.‘ – Ramsdale on Arteta.