Bayer Leverkusen general manager Rudi Voller has warned Arsenal off making a move for reported goalkeeping target Bernd Leno.
The Sun claimed earlier this week that the Gunners are plotting a €25 million summer swoop for the promising shot-stopper, but Voller has stressed in an interview with BILD that losing their number one would leave the team far too weak.
“I am not troubled by that [rumour],” the ex-Germany striker. "You know, I would have abdominal pain, if there weren't rumours like that as this would mean we do not having a good enough squad."
Nevertheless, Voller admitted that Bundesliga clubs will find it hard to hold onto their star attractions moving forward due to the lure and riches of the Premier League.
"The Bundesliga is attractive even without Mertesacker and Özil,” he added. “But of course there is the possibility that other players go to England.
“I could understand, at the level of opportunities. It’s a very good time for players from the Premier League. It’s no secret what is earned there. That will not change now.”
Leno, 22, has made 157 total appearances for Leverkusen after arriving from Stuttgart in 2011, having trained with former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann during his time at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Since growing into one of the top stoppers in German football, the Under-21 international has conceded 22 goals in 20 league games this campaign, while recording eight clean sheets to help his team remain in contention for a Champions League spot.
His impressive form last season in helping the club seal qualification for Europe’s top club competition also saw him rewarded with a contract extension through to 2017, suggesting that Wenger might need to look elsewhere in his bid to add competition for David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny.