By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Wojciech Szczesny has been told he will return to Arsenal in the summer after Roma decided not to sign him on a permanent deal, Football Insider sources understand.
The goalkeeper is on a season-long loan with the Serie A club, who have an option to buy him at the end of the season.
But Roma have finalised the signing of Brazilian keeper Alisson from Internacional, leaving the Poland international out in the cold.
A Roma source has told Football Insider that Szczesny has been told the Italian club will not turn his loan into a permanent deal, which means he will have to either accept a role as back-up to Petr Cech or find a new club.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lost patience with Szczesny last season after a series of blunders and paid £11million to replace him with Petr Cech, who has had an outstanding debut campaign since his move from Chelsea.
Szczesny has been the regular No1 for Roma this season, who are fifth in Serie A and remain in contention for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Wenger still has hopes that the 25-year-old can develop into a consistently top-class shot-stopper which is why he left the door open for him to return to Arsenal.