Arsenal agree £26.5 million transfer deal for defensive midfielder

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Bernd Leno

The German publication report that Leverkusen are willing to let their man leave for between £18m and £22m pounds.

Leno's promising form has attracted interest from several clubs this summer with CalcioMercato claiming that Arsenal, Liverpool and Napoli has all been battling to sign the player in recent weeks.

He has become a key player at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and is ranked among the best defensive midfielders in Serie A. He has one Uruguay cap and was included in Óscar Tabárez's World Cup squad for the tournament in Russian Federation this summer.

New Arsenal manager Emery is aiming to improve the spine of his team ahead of the new season, with a goalkeeper, centre back and central midfielder his priority.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal are also the favourites to sign Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, however they will face stiff opposition from Juventus who are also keen on the 22-year old Uruguayan.

Emery is having to manage a restricted budget this summer following big spending on wages and fees over the previous two years amid what will be a second successive season out of the Champions League.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England.

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