Liverpool are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
That is the claim being made in a report by German newspaper Bild, in which they are stating that the twenty-six year old has emerged as a Summer transfer target for the club.
AS Roma stopper Alisson Becker and Atletico Madrid number one Jan Oblak are widely believed to be Jurgen Klopp’s first choices as he seeks to sign a new goalkeeper during the transfer market being open.
But those clubs are currently pricing the duo out of moves to Anfield with each of them seeking around £80m to let their man make the switch to Merseyside before the new season begins.
And now it is being reported that Liverpool have joined Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in the race to snap up Leno from the Bundesliga outfit ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Leverkusen completed a deal to sign Lukas Hradecky from Eintracht Frankfurt last month, which many believes means that Leno will be allowed to make an exit soon.
Leno was the unlucky fourth goalkeeper in the pecking order to make the German squad for the upcoming World Cup after being left out by manager Joachim Low for the tournament in Russia.
It is believed that his club want a fee of around £25m for the man under contract under the Summer of 2020 and their sporting director, Rudi Voller, has admitted that they will allow him to move on – if the deal is right for the club.
“Leno can leave but only on our terms.” he said.
“We are still in constant and open exchange with Bernd and his agent.
“Leno already had a concrete offer from Napoli in 2017, but we didn’t have an equivalent backup at the time.
“He had to stay and he did really well last season, but we thought Bernd’s desire to leave would resurface.
“And so with the arrival of Lukas Hradecky we have a high quality successor.” he finished.