By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Wojciech Szczesny has finalised a second consecutive loan move to Serie A giants Roma, according to a report.
Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport claim that Arsenal and the Italian club agreed the terms of the Szczesny deal on Wednesday morning.
It said that Szczesny will sign initially on loan with the option for Roma to buy him for £13.4million at the end of the season.
There had been reports at the end of last week that Roma were turning their attentions to AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez, but the transfer of the Gunners shot-stopper now appears to be done.
Gazzetta say that Szczesny has been in London waiting for Roma and Arsenal to thrash out terms but is now set to fly out to Boston to join up with the Serie A side as part of their pre-season tour of the United States.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper spent the 2015-16 on loan in Italy at Roma, making 34 appearances under both Rudi Garcia and Luciano Spalletti as the club finished third.
Szczesny’s route back into the Arsenal team has been blocked by Petr Cech, with Arsene Wenger expected to stick with the veteran goalkeeper as his number one next season.
The Poland international has publicly stated his desire to rejoin Roma 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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