Unai Emery will make goalkeeper Bernd Leno his second signing since arriving at Arsenal, according to reports in Germany.
The new Gunners manager has wasted little time in bringing in new arrivals.
Emery, Arsene Wenger’s successor, signed former Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner last week and is now close to another.
According to German newspaper Bild, Arsenal have agreed a £22million deal with Bayer Leverkusen for Leno and an announcement is imminent.Leno has been a key member of the Leverkusen team since joining from Stuttgart.
He would likely be the long-term replacement for Petr Cech who turned 36 last month.
Emery’s decision to address the Arsenal defence shows an understanding of the problems of recent seasons under Wenger.Lichtsteiner, 34, joined the Gunners on a free from Serie A champions Juventus as Emery looks to strengthen his defence with a budget of £50m.
Leno is not, however, part of the Germany squad currently in Russia.
Manager Joachim Low preferred Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp and Marc-Andre ter Stegen as his options between the posts for the World Cup.