By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Wojciech Szczesny will arrive in Italy on Thursday morning to sign a second consecutive loan move to Roma, according to a report.
Sky Italy reporter Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website that Arsenal and the Italian club tied up all the last details of the season-long transfer on Wednesday.
Szczesny’s flight is due to touch down in Rome at 10.35am and he will undergo a medical with the Serie A club to finalise the transfer.
However, Di Marzio now reports that there will be no option for Roma to buy Szczesny permanently at the end of the season.
This comes after Gazzetta Dello Sport reported last week that the Polish goalkeeper would sign initially on loan with the option for Roma to buy him for £13.4million at the end of the season.
This suggests that Arsene Wenger has kept the door open for Szczesny at Emirates Stadium, with two years remaining on his Gunners deal.
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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