Benfica keen on signing £100,000-a-week Arsenal goalkeeper

Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno is a target for Benfica in the summer, with the goalkeeper ready to be allowed to leave if a reasonable offer comes in. Arsenal have set a €10m asking price, which could pose a problem for the Eagles.

The Portuguese giants have played a crucial role in developing many top footballers, currently plying their trade in Europe’s top-five leagues. Benfica have a specific business model to bring in unpolished diamonds and sell them on for a profit when the interest is rife.

While teams like the Eagles heavily rely on footballer development, very rarely do they venture out to buy established footballers in their prime. However, Benfica are keen on such a deal this summer, with current manager Roger Schmidt keen on Bernd Leno.

The German manager had worked with his compatriot at Bayer Leverkusen for nearly three years. He is willing to convince the Eagles to sign the goalkeeper, as the Portuguese side are not fully on board to spend significantly on a shot-stopper.

But the Gunners’ €10m valuation is proving to be a problem. Bernd has been playing second-fiddle to summer arrival Aaron Ramsdale this campaign, making only eight games across all tournaments.

His lack of playing time could also see him not get selected for Germany’s squad for the World Cup, although he could still have time to make amends. The Gunners, for their part, are open to a sale, having already signed Matt Turner in January.