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Arsenal sign German goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen

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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of German goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen for a reported fee of  £20million.

Leno, 26, has agreed a five-year deal and becomes Unai Emery’s second signing following the arrival of Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The former Stuttgart is expected to be Arsenal’s new number one next season, taking the position from Premier League veteran Petr Cech.

He said: ‘I enjoyed the time in Leverkusen from the first to the last day. I am very grateful for the fact that the club has already had the status of number 1 as a 19-year-old.

“After a fantastic seven years, I will now continue my journey in another very exciting league. But I am sure that we will meet again more often on an international level.”

Emery added: “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us. Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years.

“We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.”

Arsenal are also closing in on two more additions with deals close for Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira and Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

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