Arsenal have agreed the deal for New England Revolution goal keeper Matt Turner according to the reports.
The Athletic understands a fee of slightly under $7 million will be involved, with further potential add-ons. New England will retain a sell on percentage.
Matt Turner-Arsenal deal all but done, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter confirms: “It’s an amazing story. Undrafted, then USMNT starter… and now Turner’s set to join Arsenal. It’s incredible”, he says as @jaimeor96 reported 🇺🇸 #AFC
Bernd Leno will leave Arsenal in the summer
Turner was the 2021 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year after leading the Revolution to the Supporters’ Shield last season, which has captured the attention of clubs in Europe.
He starred at the Gold Cup last summer in his first major opportunity to stake his claim to the No. 1 goalkeeper role for the USMNT. His strong play between the posts helped his side win the tournament – and beat Mexico in a final for the second time in three months.
The Athletic understands New England were keen to keep Turner but decided to let him move.
Turner’s arrival is expected to enable the exit of former number one goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who wants to leave Arsenal to play more regularly.
Leno, 29, was Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper for three seasons after his €22m (£19.2m) arrival from German side Bayer Leverkusen.
But Leno has been forced to sit on the bench ever since the arrival of England international Aaron Ramsdale, who was signed from Sheffield United.
Arsenal were reluctant to let him leave mid-season but will review that in the summer, when Leno will have just one year left on his contract.
Ramsdale made a superb start to the 2021-22 campaign and has been manager Mikel Arteta’s number one ever since.
Turner joined Major League Soccer side New England Revolution in 2016.
He has also made 13 appearances for the United States national team, starting in all six games the nation played at the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup and will battle Aaron Ramsdale for the Arsenal’s number 1 shirt in the summer.