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The Gunners are set to sell one of their star goalkeepers this window as German star Bernd Leno is Arsenal’s priority summer target to fill the goalkeeping position, according to journalist Kike Marin.
The Italian journo, Marin, claims signing the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper is the club’s main objective this summer, under new head coach Unai Emery. It’s certainly not the first time we’ve heard about Arsenal interest in Leno, but Marin’s involvement adds a new layer of reliability to the story.
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) June 7, 2018
In January, the journalist was one of the first to call Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s transfer to Arsenal. At the time he was largely laughed off, but turned out to be right.
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) January 14, 2018
Then, in April, when Luis Enrique was favourite for the Arsenal manager job, Marin wrote that the appointment was unlikely to happen.
.@Arsenal Se complica la llegada de Luis Enrique. Ivan Gazidis quiere seguir la política deportiva actual y no gastarse 200 millones en fichajes, como pide el ex técnico del Barça. Veremos. #Arsenal #PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/HBolpP6vXx
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) April 28, 2018
He then tipped Emery as a strong contender for the job a week before the announcement, when most of the media were saying Arteta was a done deal.
Confirmado: Unai Emery, pretendido por la @RealSociedad tiene opciones de ir al @Arsenal Veremos si es el elegido, porque hay otras opciones como Mikel Arteta. Parece que Henry está descartado. pic.twitter.com/ZwCGCkf8y8
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) May 17, 2018
Perhaps the Spaniard has a more reliable link to the club now, with former Barcelona man Raul Sanllehi taking one of the top jobs. Wherever he’s getting his information, it’s worth paying attention.
Any team wanting to sign the goalkeeper will reportedly have to pay around €25m (£22m). Leno just missed out on the World Cup squad, after making the initial shortlist, so he’s free to negotiate with Arsenal.
We’ll soon find out if Marin has got it right again.