By Derrick Kiplagat
Italian outfit AS Roma are on the verge of signing Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish international looks set to join the Serie A side on loan after talks had accelerated quickly and a €500k loan fee had been agreed.
According to reports, if the deal goes through, Roma will also have a €5m option to make Szczesny’s switch a permanent one.
Szczesny lost his place in the Arsenal starting lineup last season after a number of high profile errors and an incident where he was allegedly ousted from his number one spot for smoking in the club shower room after a 2-0 loss to Southampton.
It now appears that, Arsenal Coach Arsene Wenger has decided to stick with Colombian shot stopper David Ospina as Petr Cech’s deputy, with Szczesny’s loan move representing the end of his time in North London if such a low buyout fee was included.
Szczesny’s social media activity corroborated the story as he followed a number of Roma affiliated accounts this week including the club’s official page and some Roma players such as Kevin Strootman, Miralem and Pjanic.
Despite Szczesny’s insistence in the past that he would be an Arsenal man for years to come, it appears Wenger has other ideas about the future of Arsenal’s goalkeeping department.