According to reports, axed Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno seems increasingly likely to be sold next summer after the Spanish coach dropped the goalkeeper for Saturday’s victory over Norwich City.
Germany international was already facing an uncertain future after Arsenal decided to spend £30m to prise Aaron Ramsdale away from Sheffield United, the joint-highest fee ever paid for a British shot-stopper.
Aaron was expected to be integrated slowly, but Mikel Arteta opted to start the English shot-stopper ahead of Leno with Norwich, and he kept the side’s first PL clean sheet of the campaign.
The Spanish manager intends to continue with Aaron between the sticks for the Gunners’ next game with Burnley, and Bernd Leno’s long-term future is now looking very uncertain.
Arsenal always signed the English goalkeeper with the intention of him becoming Arsenal’s number one shot-stopper by the end of the campaign, though that process is happening far quicker than expected.
Now the Gunners are effectively laying the groundwork to offload the German goalkeeper next summer, when he will only have one year left on his deal, and expect to field many offers for Bernd Leno.
It is possible that the situation could change if Aaron Ramsdale’s form deteriorates and Bernd Leno wins back his place, but for now, the London club expects to need to sign a new backup shot-stopper to play understudy to the Englishman from next summer onwards.
There is a very small chance that they could consider letting Bernd leave in winter, though that is not currently expected to happen. Aaron is relishing his battle with Leno, saying after his start with Norwich: ‘I don’t know what the manager is going to do.