Looking more and more likely Leno will replace Cech

Arsenal seem to be getting their act together in identifying a replacement for Petr Cech. According to The S*n, Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat believes Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Petr Cech would be an ideal signing for the Gunners.

Leno has been linked with Arsenal for years, but the report suggests Arsene Wenger has green-lighted Mislintat to sign the German international and has now tasked him to agree a fee with Leverkusen and personal terms with the player.

Arsenal had to act fast as first-choice Petr Cech and reserve ‘keeper David Ospina were nearing the last year of their deal and unlikely to be offered an extension. Cech has been inconsistent ever since joining from Chelsea in 2015, while Ospina has made it clear that he wants to leave due to a lack of playing time.

The idea is to bring Leno to the Emirates Stadium this summer, although the 2018 World Cup in Russia might prove a distraction. The 26-year-old would be unable to push through a move while he’s away with the national team, so Arsenal will have to try and procure his signature way before the tournament starts in mid-June.

Unless Emi Martinez is to be promoted to the first-team as reserve goalkeeper next season, Arsenal might have to find a replacement for Ospina this summer too.

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