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Arsenal are believed to have moved closer to signing their primary goalkeeping target this summer, after Bayern Leverkusen’s signing of Eintracht Frankfurt’s ace Lukáš Hrádecký saw their current start Bernd Leno move down the pecking order.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal’s recruitment chief Sven Mislintat has identified the 26-year-old as the ideal replacement for the ageing Petr Čech, following a series of impressive seasons playing in the Bundesliga. Leno will travel to the World Cup with Germany this summer, but will face stiff competition for a starting spot from Manuel Neuer and Marc-André ter Stegen.
While Leno does appear to be close to a Leverkusen exit, it is still unclear where his destination will be. According to German outlet Kicker, the talented stopper’s representative has claimed that his client has a number of options on the table. Atlético Madrid, Napoli and Arsenal are all listed as potential destinations, with interest in the former VfB Stuttgart man set to be high.