Arsenal breakthrough in talks after deal looked close to collapse - reports
By Harvey Byrne
Wojciech Szczesny is closing in on another loan move to Serie A giants Roma, according to a report.
Italian football site Football Italia, citing broadcaster Sky Sports Italy and newspaper Il Tempo, claim that a deal has been struck between Arsenal and Roma for the 26-year-old goalkeeper to renew his loan.
On Saturday, Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio had reported on his website that Roma were turning their attentions to AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez, but this latest development suggests that a deal is close to being done for the Gunners shot-stopper.
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 Gunners side has been blocked by Petr Cech, with Arsene Wenger expected to stick with the veteran goalkeeper as his number one next season.
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The Poland international, who is rated in the £15million mark, 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.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger looks to add a defensive and attacking player to his squad before the window shuts.