Arsenal star Bernd Leno to join Fulham in £8m transfer this week on three-year deal after medical ahead of season

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BERND LENO is set to quit Arsenal to join Fulham in an £8million deal this week, according to reports.

The German will become No1 goalkeeper at Craven Cottage after losing his place at the Emirates to Aaron Ramsdale.

Bernd Leno is set to sign for Fulham this week

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Bernd Leno is set to sign for Fulham this weekCredit: Getty

Leno, 30, made just four Premier League appearances last season as he was relegated to backup status.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Leno has agreed to join Marco Silva’s newly promoted side in an £8m deal.

The stopper has settled on a three-year contract with Fulham, with the option for a fourth year.

Leno will undergo his medical with the West Londoners this week.

The nine-cap international made 125 appearances for Arsenal after succeeding Petr Cech as first choice in 2018.

He helped the Gunners win the FA Cup in 2020, prior to being dropped for Ramsdale.

Leno will become Fulham’s fifth summer signing, following the arrivals of Kevin Mbabu, Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira and Manor Solomon.

But ahead of this weekend’s big Prem kick-off, boss Silva has admitted that his side are “not ready” for the top flight.

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He said: “We, as a squad, we are not ready. These players, they are ready.

“I have to tell you, and I don’t want to speak for too much time about the situation, I want to be clear with you; now we have 16 senior players in our squad.

“No-one competes at this level with 16 senior players in your squad.

“I will tell you one more. No-one can prepare for one season with just two central defenders. We have two central defenders at this level.

Everyone that understands football can see we need at least five or six more players

Marco Silva

“I can continue, and I will not stop, but I don’t want to talk more about it. I’m talking because you ask me.

“I’m really happy with this group of players that we have. But everyone that understands football can see we need at least five or six more players.

“That is clear, if you really want to be competitive. These players need help to be competitive in the training sessions every single day.

“We cannot be five weeks into the pre-season with two central defenders. We can’t be competitive in this situation and I can talk more positions as well but this will not help at all.”

Arsenal, meanwhile, have already replaced Leno as backup with American goalkeeper Matt Turner.

The 28-year-old US international joined from New England Revolution earlier this year.

Marco Silva is unhappy with the size of his squad

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Marco Silva is unhappy with the size of his squadCredit: Rex

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