Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno eyed as potential Manuel Neuer successor at Bayern Munich

Bernd Leno has emerged as a potential transfer target for Bayern Munich
Bernd Leno has emerged as a potential transfer target for Bayern Munich (Picture: Getty)

Bayern Munich have identified Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno as a potential long-term successor for Manuel Neuer at Bayern Munich.

Leno joined the Gunners from Bayer Leverkusen 18 months ago from Bayer Leverkusen and has firmly established himself as the club’s No.1 after usurping Petr Cech.

Arsenal’s continued defensive frailty has contributed to the 27-year-old keeping just eight clean sheets from 48 Premier League appearances but he has largely impressed since cementing his place in Unai Emery’s new-look team.

Leno still has four years remaining on his current contract but, according to The Sun, Bayern will turn their attentions to the Arsenal star with Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen currently out of reach and happy at Camp Nou.

Neuer turns 34 in March and has battled back from a metatarsal injury which ruled him out for nearly 10 months between September 2017 and June 2018 to re-establish himself as one of Europe’s premier goalkeepers.

The former Schalke star kept a clean sheet on Saturday as Bayern crushed rivals Bayern Munich 4-0 to move back to with four points of the Bundesliga summit.

Caretaker manager Hansi Flick has now won both of his matches in charge following the sacking of Niko Kovac and club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims he will remain in charge until further notice.

Asked whether he would also be in charge in their next game at Fortuna Duesseldorf after the international break, Rummenigge said: ‘One should assume so.’

Bayern were linked with a move for Arsene Wenger, who has been out of work since leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2017/18 season, but the 70-year-old revealed he has turned down the offer of a short-term contract.

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