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Arsenal make first summer transfer with MLS goalkeeper set to join

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New England Revolution ‘keeper Matt Turner is set to join Arsenal in the summer.

Major League Soccer (MLS) side New England Revolution have confirmed that goalkeeper Matt Turner is set to join Arsenal in the summer.

It was rumoured last month that the Gunners had a deal in principle to sign the 27-year-old. And reports on Thursday claimed that Mikel Arteta’s side had completed all the necessary paperwork ahead of the move.

New England Revolution coach Bruce Arena confirmed his player was on the verge of signing for Arsenal, who are expected to pay around £7.5million to secure Turner’s services.

Speaking to the Boston Herald, he said: “Obviously, everyone’s well aware of Matt Turner with the summer transfer to Arsenal.

“There’s not much more comment on that. If it hasn’t been fully executed, it will be.”

And now the club have officially confirmed that Turner will be heading to the Premier League ahead of the 2022/23 season.

In a statement released on their website, the club said: “The New England Revolution have agreed to terms for goalkeeper Matt Turner to join Arsenal of the English Premier League in a summer transfer for an undisclosed fee pending completion of a medical.

“Turner, the 2021 Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, is expected to join Arsenal in late June 2022.”

Turner’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium could mean an exit for Bernd Leno, who has found himself fallen down the pecking order with the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale last summer.