By Abigail Withey
Serie A giants Juventus have confirmed the permanent signing of Arsenal and Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
The Italian club stated that the 27-year-old had signed a four-year-deal with the Serie A champions which will see him remain at the club until 2021.
In the club’s official press release it stated that Szczesny had moved to the Italian side in a deal close to £11 million with the potential of a further £2.7 million.
Juventus welcomed the Arsenal goalkeeper to the Allianz Stadium on their official Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon alongside a picture of the stopper in his new jersey.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 19, 2017
Speculation around Szczesny’s future mounted after the keeper was left out of Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Australia and China last week.
It is now thought that the Poland international will contend for Juventus’ number one jersey upon his second return to the Serie A.
The former Arsenal mainstay joined Roma on loan for the past two seasons and proved his worth in the Italian league, which he will continue to develop at Juventus.
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Wojciech Szczesny’s move to the Serie A club has been a long time coming. The former Arsenal keeper was an integral part of the Gunners squad until he was caught smoking in the showers following a defeat at Southampton on new year’s day in 2015. Since then he has been replaced with the likes of Petr Cech and second choice keeper David Ospina. Although Szczesny’s four-year-deal will provide Wenger with funds to bolster his squad this summer, it’s imperative that the manager looks for another keeper. Although Cech is a proven stopper, at the age of 35, it means he won’t be playing for much longer. Plus, with Ospina potentially making an exit the club have the potential to be stuck in a difficult situation with limited keeper options which could prove to affect their Premier League chances.
In other transfer news, the club has beaten Ajax in the race to sign a young Dutch player.