Football: Arsenal agree on $30m fee for Bayer Leverkusen custodian Bernd Leno

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno looks dejected after conceding against Bayern Munich in a German Cup match at BayArena in Leverkusen on April 17, 2018. He did not make the Germany World Cup squad for Russia 2018.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno looks dejected after conceding against Bayern Munich in a German Cup match at BayArena in Leverkusen on April 17, 2018. He did not make the Germany World Cup squad for Russia 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

(THE GUARDIAN) - English Premier League football team Arsenal have agreed to a deal to sign goalkeeper Bernd Leno for an initial €22 million (S$30.2 million) from Bayer Leverkusen.

The 26-year-old, who was part of the Germany squad which won the Confederations Cup last year but was not selected for the World Cup, is expected to sign a five-year deal at the Emirates Stadium after he was identified as the long-term successor to Petr Cech.

Leno was an integral part of the Leverkusen side who finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season, having begun his career at Stuttgart and it is understood that Arsenal could pay up to another £3 million (S$5.4 million) in bonuses as part of the deal.

His impending arrival potentially casts doubt over the future of the 36-year-old Czech, who has only one year remaining on the contract he signed when he moved from Chelsea in 2015.

Arsenal are also closing in on the signing of Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira of Sampdoria for £25 million and Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for around £16 million, as Unai Emery continues his rebuilding job.

Switzerland full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner joined on a free transfer from Juventus earlier this month.