Benfica ‘express interest in signing Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno but are reluctant to meet £8.5million asking price’
- Benfica are interested in signing Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno this summer
- The Gunners’ asking price of £8.5million is proving to be problematic
- Leno is one of a number of fringe players who could be set to leave Arsenal
Benfica are interested in signing Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno this summer but are hesitant to meet the Gunners’ valuation of £8.5million.
Leno is set to leave Arsenal this summer after he lost his place in the side to Aaron Ramsdale.
As reported by The Sun, Benfica is a possible destination for Leno but the two clubs have so far been unable to agree a fee.
Benfica are interested in Bernd Leno but are reluctant to meet Arsenal’s £8.5m valuation
Arsenal have already struck a deal to bring in New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner in July.
Leno made just four Premier League appearances this season while he featured only eight times across all competitions.
Leno is likely to leave Arsenal after he lost his place in the team to Aaron Ramsdale (L)
The 30-year-old is eager to get back into the Germany squad ahead of the World Cup but he hasn’t been called up by his country since November last year.
Leno joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018 for £22.5million and has played 125 times for the club in total.
Mikel Arteta could allow a number of players who have been out on loan to leave permanently
According to The Sun, a host of other players could also leave Arsenal.
Matteo Guendouzi and Konstantinos Mavropanos have already secured permanent switches to Marseille and Stuttgart respectively.
Hector Bellerin, Pablo Mari, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira could also depart permanently having all been out on loan this season.