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LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - APRIL 14: Goalkeeper Bernd Leno of Leverkusen looks up prior to the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt at BayArena on April 14, 2018 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

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Arsenal are reportedly ready to fight it out for the signing of Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno this summer.

According to Bild (h/t Robert Summerscales of the MailOnline), the Gunners want to add a new stopper to their ranks, with question marks present over first-choice Petr Cech and backup David Ospina.

In addition, it’s suggested Napoli and Atletico Madrid are also looking at Leno, who is said to have a release clause in his current Leverkusen deal between £17.5 million and £22 million.

Recently, Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller told Kicker (h/t Football Italia) there’s little the Bundesliga side can do should someone match the trigger amount in the 26-year-old’s current contract.

“This is all just speculation,” Voller said of the interest. “Nothing is decided yet. It’s true there’s a release clause though, so if someone paid it there’s nothing we could do about it.”

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - APRIL 17: Sporting director Rudi Voeller of Leverkusen gestures prior to the DFB Cup semi final match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Bayern Munchen at BayArena on April 17, 2018 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Imag

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Leno has been the main man between the sticks at Leverkusen for years, having joined the club from Stuttgart in 2011 and made 230 appearances for his current club in the Bundesliga. Recently, as relayed by DW Sports, the man himself admitted a new challenge would intrigue him:

Early in his Leverkusen career there were signs that Leno had what’s required to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world, as he was fearless and fantastic between the sticks.

Although his stock remains high among many, he’s never quite been able to kick on and reach those heights. Additionally, errors have crept into his game on a much more regular basis. As noted last summer, since 2014 he’s been guilty of a number of clangers:

Still, it’s clear there is a talent to work with and in the right circumstances Leno might yet realise his potential. A new challenge may be the catalyst for that process, especially at a club like Arsenal.

When they landed Cech ahead of the 2015-16 season, Arsenal appeared to have solved their longstanding goalkeeping issues. But the veteran’s form has slipped since his move from Chelsea and this season, in particular, he’s cost the Gunners dear with some poor decisions.

As noted by Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, Cech hasn’t inspired the defence in front of him:

With Ospina also erratic, the replacement for manager Arsene Wenger may well look at bringing in a new stopper this summer.

The Gunners require someone who will bring longevity and assurance to the role if they are to build a better defence in years to come. While Leno would potentially be a long-term option for the north London club, it’s been a long time since he gave off the aura of an authoritative goalkeeper.

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