Fulham have introduced that they have signed Germany worldwide Bernd Leno from their Premier League rivals Arsenal for a charge that could rise to £8m.
The Gunners splashed out £22.5m to indication Leno in 2018 from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.
He was their selection a single goalkeeper for a few seasons and Arsenal designed what was witnessed as a questionable final decision to indication Aaron Ramsdale very last summertime for an original £24m.
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To the shock of several, Ramsdale proved to be one particular of the signings of the time and his form still left Leno down the pecking get.
Leno was clearly not happy with this advancement. His agent – Joannis Koukoutrigas – uncovered in June that they had been in talks with Fulham:
“Fulham is attempting really hard to get Bernd,” Koukoutrigas explained. “Very professionally. This is also legitimate for some other clubs and reveals his status.
“But, as I said, for me he is the No.1 at Arsenal and we are consequently also relaxed. He is a German countrywide goalkeeper, has normally done nicely at Arsenal and is an complete staff player. For me personally, Bernd is also the crystal clear No.1 at Arsenal. With all thanks respect to the competition.”
On Tuesday night this transfer was formally introduced. He has penned a a few-year offer and this involves an possibility for a even more 12 months.
Talking on this extended-awaited shift, Leno admitted he is “relieved” that the offer received above the line:
“It feels incredible to eventually be below. I simply cannot hold out to be a part of the workforce, to practice and participate in with the workforce.
“I’m relieved that all the things is carried out. I’m just pleased to be listed here. It took a tiny little bit of time but in the stop, we produced it, and that’s the most critical thing.”
Fulham’s owner Tony Khan added: “Bernd Leno is the goalkeeper whom we have pursued steadfastly all through this transfer window, and we’re extremely energized that we have arrived at a transfer agreement and he’s now entirely committed to Fulham!
“He has performed at the best level, and he’ll bring this practical experience and his leadership to our staff. He’ll be a wonderful addition to Marco’s squad, who are all fired up for the time ahead! Arrive on Fulham!”
Fulham could shell out as much as £8m for the goalkeeper, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.
The trusty journalist has also damaged down how these payments will be manufactured. Arsenal are assured to receive £3m.
Ornstein adds: ‘[The deal is] a additional £1m based mostly on Premier League appearances, and then £2m based on remaining in the Premier League for a single season, and a different £2m for a next year in the major flight.’