Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno is being lined up as a potential replacement for Petr Cech, according to reports in Germany.
Cech, 35, who has over a year left on his contract, has been criticised this season and he took responsibility for the 2-1 defeat at Brighton.
Cech has conceded 41 Premier League goals in 29 matches this season and he is still looking for his 200th top-flight clean sheet after being stuck on 199 since December 16.
His poor form this season has led to speculation that Arsenal are on the lookout for a new no.1 and Bild report that the Gunners have expressed an interest in Leno, as well as Napoli.
Real Madrid were linked with Leno last March and he told Kicker: “It honours you when you are linked with Real. [But] in the current situation I want to fully focus on Leverkusen.”
If you want to win a game away of home in the best league in the world your GK can’t concede 2 goals like I did today … it’s simply not possible … The team fought back but the damage was done .
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) March 4, 2018
But more recently he admitted he was open to a move away from the Bundesliga
“If I go abroad, it would not be as a number-one contender, but only as clear number one,” he said.
Leno is under contract at Leverkusen until 2020, but has a release clause which would allow him to leave for €25million. The 26-year-old has six senior Germany caps.
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