Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is reportedly set to move on this summer on a permanent basis after being left out of the club’s pre-season tour squad.
The Gunners announced their travelling party for Sydney as they were all pictured on their flight on Sunday with pre-season preparations now stepping up.
Among the faces involved were new signing Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, but there was no sign of Szczesny, nor was he included in the list of players in the squad on the club’s official site.
In turn, as reported by The Sun, it’s the biggest indication yet that he will now go on to complete his move to Juventus, who have shown a strong interest in the Polish international following his impressive two-year stint with Serie A rivals Roma.
The 27-year-old is seemingly considered the long-term replacement for Gianluigi Buffon in Turin, as the Italian champions made space for him in their squad last week by selling back-up goalkeeper Neto.
With just 12 months remaining on his Arsenal contract and with the likelihood that he’d spend that behind Petr Cech at the Emirates, it appears as though he’s ready to seal a permanent return to Italy, but the transfer fee has yet to be agreed upon.
It’s added in the report that Arsenal have already rejected offers of £4m and £7m for the shot-stopper, and Juve will have to return with an improved third bid that meets the demands of the Gunners.
Having established himself in the Italian capital as one of the top goalkeepers in Serie A, it’s going to cost the Bianconeri, with Arsenal also likely to be pushing to raise as much funds as possible in order to continue to reinvest in their squad.