In a move worth up to £8 million, Fulham has signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Arsenal on a three-year term.
Additionally, the club has the choice to extend the 30-year-old German’s contract by an additional 12 months.
Leno was Fulham’s top target, while the champions of the Championship also considered Neto of Barcelona and Dean Henderson of Manchester United.
The Cottagers must pay $3 million up front, $1 million based on performance, £2 million if they avoid relegation, and a further $2 million if they make it through the next season.
“Now that everything is over, I feel relieved. Just being here makes me joyful. The most crucial thing is that we succeeded in the end, even though it took some time.
Leno joined Arsenal in 2018 after playing 304 times for Bayer Leverkusen over seven seasons and recording 100 clean sheets.
During his four years at the club, he played 125 times in goal for the Gunners, only four of which came last season. He took Petr Cech’s place in the starting lineup.
Tony Khan, a co-owner of Fulham, added: “We have been pursuing Bernd Leno with vigor throughout this transfer window, and we are thrilled that we have achieved a transfer deal and he is now totally committed to Fulham!
“He has experience at the top level of play, and he will bring this to our team along with his leadership. He will be a wonderful addition to Marco’s team, who are all eager for the next season!