Newcastle United have held two rounds of talks with Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who wants to leave the Emirates.
That’s according to Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenburg, who says a move to St James Park is ‘unlikely’ this month.
Leno finds himself out of the picture for Arsenal this season, having been replaced as number one by Aaron Ramsdale.
The German goalkeeper has only made three appearances in the Premier League so far and hasn’t featured in the league since a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in August.
He’s spoken on several occasions to make it clear that he will look at the situation this month if it doesn’t change.
It seems he has now made up his mind, with Plettenburg reporting he ‘wants to leave’ Arsenal.
According to his information, two clubs from Spain have ‘inquired’ about the goalkeeper while he has also held ‘two talks’ with Newcastle United.
However, the Magpies have told him they ‘definitely’ want him in the summer, suggesting a move won’t be happening before the end of the window.
That might be because Newcastle are focusing their efforts elsewhere and would prefer to spend the money they have available on other positions.
Perhaps that will change before the end of the window, though, particularly with Leno keen to leave Arsenal and there seemingly interest from elsewhere.
Update #Leno: Two clubs from 🇪🇸 inquired about him & there were two talks with @NUFC so far. BL is interested but a move in winter is unlikely due to their situation. Magpies told him that they definitely want him in summer. Leno wants to leave #Gunners. @SkySportDE #NUFC
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) January 21, 2022