Arsenal may have lost another transfer target with various reports claiming that Bernd Leno has agreed personal terms to join Naples based Seria A club Napoli.
Leno joined Bayer Leverkusen from VFB Stuttgart on a loan deal in the summer of 2011 before making the move permanent. Since then, the 26-year-old net-minder has seen his stock steadily on the increase and he’s been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer.
Arsenal are among the front-runners for his signature but they may have to look elsewhere to sign the long term replacement of Petr Cech. Insidefutbol reports via Italian broadcaster Premium Sport, that the goalie is a step closer to sealing a move with Napoli after reaching personal terms with Carlo Ancelotti’s led side.
Leno has a €28m release clause in his contract but Napoli are unwilling to pay the same sum and the sign the player. Instead, they have reportedly tabled an offer for the player but Leverkusen are certain not to accept a fee that is not is excess of €25m.
Arsenal are currently in the market for the signing of players but their meagre transfer budget means they may lose most of the players wanted by Unai Emery.