Arsenal will face a battle to keep hold of goalkeeper Bernd Leno this summer as Bayern Munich are reportedly lining him up as a replacement for Manuel Neuer.
Germany’s first-choice keeper Neuer was once regarded as the best in the world, but the 33-year-old has suffered with injuries and loss of form.
Neuer’s contract with Bayern is due to expire in the summer of 2021 – so the Bundesliga giants must weigh up whether to bring in a younger keeper and recoup some cash from selling their current No1.
Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen would be their first choice, but Bayern recognise it would be difficult to tempt the Catalans into selling.
Leno is Germany’s third-choice keeper behind Neuer and Ter Stegen.
And his Premier League experience since joining Arsenal for £19.3 million from Bayer Leverkusen last year makes him an attractive proposition.
Leno has put in some impressive performances between the sticks for Arsenal, but has kept only two clean sheets in 12 Premier League games this season.
There have been serious question marks over the Gunners’ defence all season, which has not helped Leno, with Arsenal now down to sixth in the Premier League following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to high-flying Leicester City.
Last month, Mirror Football reported that Leno has the worst clean sheets record of all the goalkeepers who have played for Arsenal in the Premier League era.
Leno had averaged one clean sheet every five games since his league debut against Watford in September 2018.
That is two matches more than any other keeper in Arsenal’s history.
Legendary Gunners keeper David Seaman managed one every 2.4 matches, while Jens Lehmann kept the opposition at bay every 2.7 games.
They were beaten by Alex Manninger (2.1) who holds the best record having played significantly less games.
Petr Cech, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea in 2015 before retiring at the end of last season, averaged one every 2.8 matches.
Neuer, meanwhile, kept a clean sheet for Bayern as they beat Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on Saturday to climb to third in the Bundesliga table.