Bernd Leno completes £20m move to Arsenal

Arsenal have completed the signing of German goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal said to be worth in the region of £20m.

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Bernd Leno becomes Arsenals second signing of the summer

The Gunners announced the signing of Bernd Leno on their official website from Bayer yesterday evening confirming the German international has put pen to paper on a 4-year-deal at the Emirates.

Arsenal are rumoured to have spent £20m on the 26-year-old which is almost half of their transfer budget this summer.

The player becomes Arsenals and Unai Emery’s second signing of the summer after they signed Swiss international right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus.

Unai Emery said after the signing was confirmed: “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us. Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience.

“He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years.

“We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.”

Leno was part of last summers Confederations Cup triumph in Russia. He has long-time been number three in goal for the German national side. However, he lost his place in the German squad to Kevin Trapp who hardly played for PSG last season.

He joined Bayer from Stuttgart in 2011 and went onto make a total of 230 appearances for the Bundesliga side.

On the international stage, he has won a total of six caps for Germany. He will be hoping his high profile move to Arsenal will now earn him back a place in the national team setup.

He becomes the second German goalkeeper to play for Arsenal after Jens Lehmann who played for the Gunners between 2003-2008. Lehmann recently worked at Arsenal as the goalkeeping coach, however, he left as part of Unai Emery’s shakeup to the backroom team.