EXCLUSIVE | By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes
Liverpool have placed Wojciech Szczesny on their shortlist of potential goalkeeper recruits this summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The Merseysiders are keeping close tabs on Szczesny’s stand-off with Arsenal as the Gunners attempt to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea.
As revealed by Football Insider, Liverpool will attempt to sign a senior goalkeeper this summer who can compete with Simon Mignolet for the No1 spot.
With Brad Jones released by the club following the end of his contract, Liverpool are in the market for a proven shot-stopper with Premier League experience.
Szczesny, 25, wants to quit Emirates Stadium after losing his regular spot to David Ospina at the turn of the year and being made aware that he will slip even further down the pecking order if the Gunners clinch the signing of Petr Cech.
Arsenal are in talks with Chelsea about signing Cech this summer and, as revealed by Football Insider, have been given permission by their west London rivals to discuss terms with the long-serving Blues ‘keeper. It is understood that the Gunners have already met with representatives of Cech.
Szczesny has made only four first-team appearances – each of them in the FA Cup – since the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, in which he was at fault for both of the home side’s goals.
Football Insider understands that Arsene Wenger retains total belief in Szczesny and does not want to sell him, although the manager accepts that the player needs to rediscover his hunger after five years at the top level.
Szczesny, who made his first-team debut aged 19 and was installed as Arsenal’s regular No1 when he was 20, still has three years remaining on his contract and the club know they can command a £10million-plus fee if they sell the Academy graduate this summer.
Wenger wants to sign Cech from Chelsea and make him the new No1, with Ospina and Szczesny vying to deputise for one of the outstanding goalkeepers of the Premier League era.
However, Arsenal are unlikely to block Szczesny’s desire to move if they are successful in their Cech pursuit.