Confirmed: Arsenal in talks to seal summer deal for £10million-rated 26-year-old
By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Wojciech Szczesny has revealed he wants to leave Arsenal this summer and join Roma on a permanent deal.
The Poland international joined the Serie A club on a season-long loan deal last July after the Gunners signed Petr Cech from Chelsea for £11million.
Goalkeeper Szczesny has helped Roma maintain a top-three position throughout the current Italian championship and two more points will enable the Giallorossi secure a Champions League place.
The 26-year-old has made it clear he see his future in the Italy capital and has explained that Arsenal are in talks with Roma about turning his loan into a permanent transfer.
Szczesny told Italy publication Il Messaggero: “I want to stay. It’s not all up to me, obviously. I want it to happen, and I know Roma and Arsenal are talking about it, so we’ll see what happens.
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“I’m happy to have helped the team and winning the title must be the next objective for this club.”
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that the Pole is rated in the £10million bracket by Arsenal and the Londoners could cash in on him before he enters the final two years of his current deal.
Szczesny joined the Arsenal academy at the age of 16 from Legia Warsaw and made his first-team debut at 19 before establishing himself as the No1 at just 20.
He is twice an FA Cup winner with Arsenal but struggled for game time during the 2014-15 Premier League season after David Ospina was installed as the new first-choice goalkeeper midway through the campaign.
Szczesny has been a mainstay of the Roma team this season, starting 39 of their 43 Serie A and Champions League fixtures.
In other Arsenal news, a deal has been finalised for a senior coach to leave in the summer.