Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny is on the brink of sealing a loan deal to AS Roma, Arsene Wenger has revealed.
The Gunners manager has publicly stated that the Poland international looks poised to leave the Emirates this summer, and is close to joining Rudi Garcia’s side for the following season:
“He could go on loan to Roma. We are pretty much done it is down to paper work but as long as that is not over the line anything can happen,” as quoted by the Express.
“Szczesny is a top class goalkeeper and we have three goalkeepers and if he can play somewhere that is good.”
His possible exit could be as a consequence of Petr Cech’s arrival from Chelsea – who would likely not have left Stamford Bridge without the promise of regular first-team action in north London – having played the unfamiliar role of second-fiddle to Thibaut Courtois in the Blues’ title-winning campaign.
Szczesny looked to firmly be Wenger’s No.1 at the start of last term; however, a smoking scandal in the dressing room following their 2-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day, as revealed by the Mirror, consequently saw David Ospina regularly take his place in between the posts.
The Polish stopper could be joined at the Stadio Olimpico by Premier League rival Edin Dzeko. The Manchester City striker is, according to ESPN, set to be the subject of a £20m from Roma – who have, the report states, been chasing the centre-forward all summer.
What’s more, Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah is rumoured to be nearing an agreement on a season-long loan to the Serie A side that will include the option of permanent sale for £16 next summer, the Daily Mail report, as Garcia appears eager to shop for talent in England’s top flight.