Arsenal are set for a busy summer as Mikel Arteta plans to overhaul a largely underperforming Gunners squad.
The north London club endured a dismal 2020/21 campaign, finishing eighth in the Premier League and losing to Unai Emery’s Villarreal in the semi-final of the Europa League – a result that confirmed they will be without Champions League football for the fifth season in a row – and for the first time in 25 years, without European football.
Therefore, the Gunners are set for a busy transfer window with a number of first-team players, including the likes of Matteo Guendouzi and Hector Bellerin likely to be leaving to raise funds for incomings.
German goalkeeper Bernd Leno could be another notable departure in the comings weeks as football.london understands that Arsenal have identified Ajax’s Andre Onana as a long-term replacement for Leno – which could result in the 29-year-old leaving the Emirates this summer.
With his Arsenal future uncertain, Leno, who only has two years remaining on his current deal in north London, has been the subject of a number of enquiries from interested clubs, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
“At the moment, there is nothing advanced from what I am told. A lot of clubs are enquiring, nothing advanced,” Romano told the Arsenal Lounge.
However, the German international played down the transfer rumours last month, claiming he is still happy at the Emirates.
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“I am still happy at Arsenal, Arsenal is still a big club, a big name in the world and in the Premier League,” Leno told Sky Sports.
“There is nobody in the dressing room who says: ‘I want to leave the club, I am not happy here anymore.”
Leno has gone on to make 117 appearances since he joined the Gunners in the summer of 2018, signing from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee in the region of £19 million.