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Arsenal agree summer transfer for USMNT goalkeeper Turner

6:52 AM GMT+4 28/01/2022
Matt Turner USMNT 2021
The United States star will move from the New England Revolution during the next window

Arsenal have reached an agreement with the New England Revolution to sign United States men's national team goalkeeper Matt Turner this summer, GOAL can confirm.

The 27-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2021 for club and country and will now look to compete against Gunners starter Aaron Ramsdale with Bernd Leno's future in doubt.

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.

Who is Matt Turner?

Turner 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.

He has made 13 international appearances since earning his first USMNT cap in January 2021.

His main competition for the starting role is Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who suffered an injury over the summer but has since recovered to take back his place in the team.

Aside from the Revolution, Turner spent time developing earlier in his career with the Jersey Express and Richmond Kickers.

What has been said?

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter spoke about the switch to Arsenal in a post-match press conference on Thursday after his side's 1-0 win over El Salvador.

"It's just a great story and I hope the public is aware," he said. "He went to Fairfield, undrafted out of college and now he's playing with the USMNT and he's headed to Arsenal.

"It's an amazing story. His work ethic, his belief in himself and his never-give-up atittude, it's a great story and Matt is a great guy, a great team-mate. We're lucky to have him.

"Tonight was an example where he did everything he had to do. He was calm in all situations, wasn't tested much, but he was there when we needed him and he looked like a guy that's going to Arsenal for sure."

What does this transfer mean for Leno?

Leno, the first-choice Arsenal goalkeeper before the arrival of Ramsdale, has his heart set on making Germany's 2022 World Cup squad and therefore desires first-team football.

With his future as a Gunner increasingly in doubt, he has been linked with Newcastle among other clubs.

The arrival of Turner this summer would suggest his exit is imminent.

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