Arsenal in ‘advanced talks’ with Belgian side OH Leuven about Alex Runarsson’s departure

Arsenal in ‘advanced talks’ with Belgian side OH Leuven about Alex Runarsson’s departure

Arsenal are reportedly involved in negotiations with the Belgian OH Leuven about the departure of Alex Runarsson.

The keeper joined Arsenal for £1million in September last year to act as a backup to Bernd Leno.

However, he struggled during his first few appearances for the Gunners and they were forced to loan Mat Ryan from Brighton as a result.


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Ryan has since returned to Spain while Arsenal have spent £24 million to bring in Aaron Ramsdale from Championship club Sheffield United.

The arrival of Ramsdale has pushed Runarsson up the pecking order and it looks like the Iceland international can now leave the Emirates.

According to The Telegraph Mike McGrathRunarsson is in the process of joining OH Leuven for the remainder of the 2021-2022 campaign.

It will be a loan for the entire season, without an option to buy next summer. air sports, meanwhile reports that talks between the two clubs have reached an ‘advanced stage’.

The player’s departure from North London is expected to be announced in the coming hours, once medical treatment is completed.

He’s not the only team member who could leave before the 11 p.m. deadline.

Everton’s subject of interest Ainsley Maitland-Niles recently tried to force an exit.

He posted on Instagram: “All I want to do is go where I want and where I’m going to play. @Arsenal.”

His social media activity has reportedly angered club chiefs and Mikel Arteta. Rumor has it that the versatile midfielder is now training with the promises of the club.

Spanish right back Hector Bellerin approaching a Real Betis switch. The player made 25 Premier League appearances last season and scored once, while Arsenal finished eighth in the league table.

He is expected to undergo a medical in Seville today before the deal is announced.

Bellerin previously spoke about his love for Betis: “My first shirt was Betis because my father was a fan of the Verdiblanco team. It was hard for me to support another club.”

His replacement seems likely to be Japanese Takehiro Tomiyasu. The Gunners have agreed a £16million deal with Bologna for the defender.

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