According to Florian Plettenburg, Fulham think Arsenal are demanding too much for Bernd Leno, who is keen to leave the Emirates Stadium.
What’s the story?
Well, the Sky Germany journalist claims Arsenal only want £11m for the 30-year-old, which we think is a very fair asking price.
However, Fulham bizarrely think that the Gunners are demanding too much for the Germany international.
Now, that makes little sense to us.
Before Aaron Ramsdale arrived at Arsenal, Leno was a solid, reliable Premier League performer, who the Gunners spent £22m to sign from Bayer Leverkusen.
He has also amassed nine caps for Germany, which isn’t easy given the quality at Hansi Flick’s disposal.
Furthermore, Leno is just 30, which is young for a goalkeeper – he still has many years remaining at the top level.
Therefore, we’re not quite sure why Fulham think an asking price of just £11m – 50% of what Arsenal paid – is unfair, especially as Leno has arguably improved since he arrived in England.
Admittedly, the Arsenal No.1 has entered the final 12 months of his contract, although he is still worth at least £11m despite that.
If Fulham do meet the asking price, Arteta will head into the 2022/23 campaign with Ramsdale, Matt Turner, Arthur Okonkwo and Alex Runarsson as his goalkeeping options.
Arsenal must stay firm as Fulham circle
Plettenburg adds that Leno is hoping for an agreement between Arsenal and Fulham.
However, we strongly believe Arsenal’s £11m asking price is reasonable, if not actually a bit low, so Mikel Arteta and Edu mustn’t budge an inch.
The Gunners have struggled to obtain good fees for their unwanted players in the past, leading to the likes of Mesut Özil, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac having their contracts terminated.
Even if Leno begins to kick up a fuss, Arsenal must remain firm – hopefully, the Gunners get the £11m they want.