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Premier League giants Arsenal could cash in on Bernd Leno in the January transfer window with a return to Germany on the cards despite links with Inter Milan and Juventus, as reported by EuroSport

A decision that raised plenty of eyebrows in August suddenly appears to make perfect sense just four weeks later. 

When Arsenal paid an initial £24 million to sign Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United a month ago, critics and cynics were united in a rousing chorus of ‘why?’

After all, didn’t Mikel Arteta already have an established, first-choice shot-stopper in Bernd Leno? At 29, the German is hardly decrepit either, and £24 million felt like a lot of money to spend on a bench-warming back-up. 

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But the doubters missed something important.

Leno has just ten months remaining on his contract and, as a result, will be available on a free transfer next summer. 

And, if those comments in April are anything to go by, the former Bayer Leverkusen ace is unlikely to sign an extension at a club that hasn’t played Champions League football once since his 2018 arrival. 

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Ramsdale now appears to have replaced Leno as Arsenal’s number one too.

And while the former may lack the latter’s gravity-defying, camera-hogging reflexes, Ramsdale is arguably a more solid, reliable all-round goalkeeper – someone capable of commanding his penalty area far more convincingly than the gifted but erratic Leno. 

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According to EuroSport, Arsenal would rather sell Leno in January than lose one of their prized assets on a free transfer. Juventus and Inter Milan have both been linked but it’s believed a return to Germany is more likely at this stage. 

Who Leno could join, however, is anyone’s guess. None of Dortmund, Bayern Munich or Borussia Monchengladbach need reinforcements between the sticks. 

Perhaps Bayer Leverkusen, despite boasting one of the Bundesliga’s finest keepers in Lukas Hradecky, would be willing to welcome a prodigal son home with open arms. 

Should Leno leave, that could open the door at Arsenal for Arthur Okonkwo or Karl Hein to become Arteta’s new second-choice stopper.

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