Arsenal and Leeds United are reportedly going head to head to sign 19-year-old goalkeeper Marco Carnesecchi this summer, but surely a move to north London would benefit the Italian wonderkid – more than Elland Road.
Italian outlet TuttoB have stated that both Leeds and Arsenal have caught wind of the teenager’s stunning performances for Serie B side Ternana. The goalkeeper is certainly enjoying his first taste of senior football on loan from Atalanta.
Indeed, the Italy Under-21 international has played 24 times for Ternana on loan from the Champions League side and now he will have the taste for first-team football. Unfortunately, he is unlikely to get that at Atalanta.
But a move to England may help him receive that. At Leeds, Carnesecchi could be the Whites’ number two goalkeeper if signed. A level above January recruit Elia Caprile, Carnessechi would have to rival Kiko Casilla and Illan Meslier.
Casilla’s future is in doubt given his current suspension from football, while a permanent deal from Meslier has got to be in the offing. If Casilla leaves, then he might become second choice – but that is only if the Spaniard departs.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have Emi Martinez and Bernd Leno. But Argentine goalkeeper Martinez is surely becoming fed up of playing back-up at Arsenal, and now at 27, he has surely got to leave the club.
Signing Carnesecchi, then, could see the youngster become second choice at Arsenal – perhaps no different to Leeds. The difference is, that Arsenal are likely to be in the Europa League next season – and could go far in the Carabao Cup.
Martinez, as back-up goalkeeper, has played 11 times in all competitions this season while Meslier has managed just three. If Carnesecchi is presented with the choice of both, he has got to choose Arsenal over Leeds.