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Former Inter Milan goalkeeper Luca Castellazi is happy to hear that Arsenal’s Bernd Leno will not be swapping the Premier League for the Serie A champions in 2022, as he told Calciomercato.

In Castellazi’s view, the Nerazzuri are on the verge of snapping up a player who could perhaps be considered the very epitome of the ‘modern goalkeeper’; as comfortable pinging a pass into midfield as he is gathering a cross. 

The all-seeing, seemingly all-knowing Fabrizio Romano broke the news on Tuesday, claiming that Inter have reached a ‘verbal agreement’ with Andre Onana; the Ajax shot-stopper joining on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer. 

The Cameroon international recently turned down a new deal at the Johan Cruyff Arena, as confirmed by a disappointed sporting director Marc Overmars.



What’s more, Romano added that Leno, contrary to popular belief, was ‘never an option’ for a side who secured their first Serie A title in a decade under Antonio Conte last term. 

Castellazi obviously feels that Onana – complete with the ball-playing skills honed during his formative years at Barcelona’s feted La Masia academy – is a better fit for Inter Milan than the more old-school Leno. 

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“I prefer him to Leno, (Onana) is the modern goalkeeper. He plays very well with his feet and, in this respect, he is excellent,” said Castellazi. 

“I’ve followed him a lot and I must say that, even in the interpretation of the role, he is very intelligent.

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“(Onana) has great athleticism, he is young and can be an important alternative to (current number one Samir) Handanovic because he represents the prototype of today’s goalkeeper – not only between the posts, but he also knows manage other situations.” 

Interestingly, Onana has also been linked with Arsenal, reports from Holland claiming that talks even reached an advanced stage at one point during the most recent transfer window. 

But while his future appears to have been decided, the same cannot be said of Leno. 

Like Onana, the Germany international will be a free agent in nine months and, after losing his starting berth to Aaron Ramsdale, Leno is in no mood to waste his peak years warming the Emirates bench. 

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