Report: Arsenal close in on transfer breakthrough after fresh talks over £15m man
By Amir Mir
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is in line to agree a new loan deal with Italian giants Roma, according to a report.
TalkSport claim that the shot-stopper is set to extend his loan spell in Italy to a second year following new talks between the two clubs.
Roma have baulked at Arsenal’s £15million valuation of the Poland international, who has two years remaining on his contract, but they are keen on hanging on to him.
The 26-year-old made 34 Serie A appearances last term, keeping eight clean sheets in the process as he made a sound impression for Luciano Spaletti’s side.
Szczesny moved to Italy last summer on a season-long loan after falling out of favour at Emirates Stadium following the £11million signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea last summer.
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Cech kept 16 clean sheets in the Premier League last term as Arsenal finished as runners-up behind surprising champions Leicester City.
But it now seems likely that he will extend his stay and compete for a first team spot with Roma’s new stopper Alisson.
The Brazilian signed a five-year contract with the club and revealed that he is prepared to compete with the Arsenal man for a first team place at Roma.
“As for Szczesny, I’ll say again that it’s not an important matter,” said Alisson as quoted by TalkSport. “He’s strong and he did well. There’s going to be a fair rivalry with him.”