By Harvey Byrne
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will sign a pre-contract deal with European giants Juventus, according to a report.
The Sun has claimed that the 27-year-old shot-stopper will replace legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who is planning to retire after the 2018 World Cup.
It is detailed that the Gunners ace, who impressed while on loan with Roma in the last campaign has been targeted by Saturday’s Champions League finalist as their new long-term number one.
The pre-contract agreement does however mean that Szczesny will see out the final year of his Arsenal contract with his deal in north London set to expire in 2018.
It is said that each of Roma, Napoli, Inter Milan and AC Milan were all interested in bringing the 28-time capped Poland international to their clubs.
However, Juve have won the race with it detailed that the lure of being able to compete regularly in the latter stages of the Champions League playing a part in the goalkeeper’s decision.
Szcsesny has been since 2006 after joining the academy from home country side Legia Warsaw.
He was the club’s number one goalkeeper between 2011 and 2015, but after making a number of errors as well as being caught smoking in the changing room showers he was dropped for David Opsina and then eventually Petr Cech came in.
Football Insider verdict:
Arsenal fans are unlikely to be too disappointed at seeing Szcesny depart from the club. What they will be surprised about however is that a massive club like Juventus are after him. The Poland international is known more for his errors at Arsenal and he simply isn’t good enough for where the Gunners want to get to. To replace a legendary goalkeeper like Buffon is also some big boots to fill and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Juventus make a move for another goalkeeper in the near future if they are planning to replace the veteran with the Arsenal ace.
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