Arsenal can repeat Sol Campbell transfer trick to save £27m on Bernd Leno replacement – Football.London

Arsenal’s hectic summer spending spree has come to an end after the transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday night.

Technical director Edu shelled out in excess of £150million to sign six players, with English goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, former Brighton defender Ben White, Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu, Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares, Belgian youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga and Norway captain Martin Odegaard all completing permanent moves to the Emirates Stadium.

Ramsdale was signed to compete with current no.1 Bernd Leno, who has been a stalwart in the Gunners’ team since joining from Bundesliga side Bayern Leverkusen back in the summer of 2018.

However, the 29-year-old has less than two years on his current deal in north London and football.london revealed back in May that the German international is seeking a new challenge, with Arsenal thought to be open to letting him leave if they receive an acceptable offer.

football.london understands that Leno wants to play regular European football, although, he is unlikely to force a move away from Mikel Arteta’s side unless a formal offer is received despite playing down talk of an exit towards the end of last season.

“I don’t want to flee here, I feel good and want to be successful again with Arsenal! Arsenal are a big club, which is extremely underestimated in Germany, there are many Arsenal fans all over the world,” he told Sport 1.

“I still have a two-year contract and hope to play in the Champions League again with Arsenal.”

Before the Gunners signed Ramsdale they were linked with a move to Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, who has garnered considerable interest from a host of sides across Europe.

Furthermore, the Cameroonian, who is valued at £27million on Transfermarkt, has less than ten months remaining on his current contract with the Dutch giants, meaning he will be available on a free transfer next summer.

When asked about the 25-year-old’s contract potentially being extended, Ajax’s director of football, Marc Overmars, told Ajax TV, “You never know in football, but the way I see it now, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

“It is possible that he will leave in the winter, but that must yield a decent amount. It must go both ways. If the amount is not sufficient, then [he will leave] in July for nothing.”

Given the uncertainty surrounding Leno’s future, perhaps the Gunners would be best to sell the former Bayer Leverkusen ace next summer and bring in Onana on a free transfer, something they managed to do with Invincible Sol Campbell, who completed a controversial free transfer from north London rivals Tottenham in the summer of 2001.

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