Leno has an affordable £13m release clause, which would be cheap if he fulfils his potential. Aged 23, many rate the Bayer Leverkusen keeper as Manuel Neuer’s eventual replacement in the German national side.
Leno prides himself on his excellent reflexes and shot-stopping ability, although unlike Neuer, he’s not quite as brilliant with the ball at his feet – and WhoScored rate his long passing as a weakness.
For us, Leno seems far too similar to Wojciech Szczesny. Our Pole is perhaps equally talented, and is only two years older than the linked German.
If we’re going to be bringing in another keeper to compete with or replace David Ospina and Szczesny, it should be an internationally proven, experienced goalkeeper.
He needs to already be world-class, rather than potentially world-class.
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Cech’s age means he surely wouldn’t cost as much as Leno – and we shouldn’t even be considering alternatives unless the Chelsea man proves an impossible recruit.