By Will Butcher
Arsenal are close to clinching a deal for Wojciech Szczesny to join Roma for £15million, according to a report.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper spent the 2015-16 on loan in Italy with the Serie A club, making 34 appearances under both Rudi Garcia and Luciano Spalletti as the club finished third.
The Express claim though that Szczesny won’t be returning to Emirates Stadium as he is in advanced talks to sign on at the Stadio Olimpico for a fee in the region of £15million.
Roma are keen to make the deal happen, with Italian outlet Gazza Mercato declaring that talks between the two parties are taking place on Monday.
His route back into the Gunners side has been blocked by Petr Cech, with Arsene Wenger expected to stick with the veteran goalkeeper as his number one next season.
Szczesny has publicly stated his desire to join Roma permanently and has praised the coaching of Spalletti’s staff as superior to that of the Arsenal backroom team.
Szczesny, who has been capped 27 times by his country, started out at Legia Warsaw before moving to Arsenal aged 16 and has subsequently made 181 senior appearances under Arsene Wenger.
The former Brentford loanee was included in Poland’s Euro 2016 squad but made only one appearance after falling down the pecking order behind former Arsenal teammate Lukasz Fabianski.
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