Arsenal agree £13.4M goalkeeper fee with Roma

Wojciech Szczesny is set to return to Roma this summer if he completes his medical tomorrow.

The Polish international goalkeeper is set to re-join the Italian giants on an initial loan deal, with Roma having the option to buy him for £13.4 Million come the end of the season.

Szczesny joined the Giallorossi 12 months ago on loan, and enjoyed an extended run in the first team, starting 34 of the clubs 38 Serie A fixtures.

Roma then signed Brazilian international goalkeeper Alisson from Internacional, and the Arsenal loanee did not appear likely to get another chance to extend his stay in Rome, but the Italian side clearly feel the need to keep him for the coming term.

It was previously reported that the Gunners would receive a £1 Million fee for the initial loan deal, which will keep Wojciech in Italy until the end of the coming season.

Everton are said to have made a last ditch attempt to bring the goalkeeper to Goodison Park this summer, but that deal looks to have fallen through.

David Ospina is now expected to stay in North-London and remain as back-up to first choice Petr Cech this season, who has proven to be one of the most consistent performers in England for a number of years now.

The 34 year-old has recently decided to concentrate on his club football, and will no longer make himself available for his country the Czech Republic.

As much as Sczcesny is not a part of our first team plans this term, at only 26 years-old, he could well have been a useful part of our team in the future, with Cech being the age he is.

The Polish international loves our club, and I believe with more experience he could take over the the former Chelsea star in a few years time.

Do you think we should not have included an agreed fee for Szczesny? Do you think he’d be good enough to take over when Cech starts to decline?

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  1. All the best Szczesny…….I wish you a great season with Roma and hope you establish to be a better keeper and person. Not just in the goal post but also with your attitude.

    Now it’s time to get our own players.. ..So many rumour making the rounds. I can’t wrap my mind over it and difficult to guess who is coming..

  2. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    close the transfer window we are done.
    i have NO enthusiasm to renew my membership

    1. It’s too late, you already know too much. You should be expecting Takuma Asano dressed all in black, making a late night call through your window, to end your, eh hem, membership!

  3. I really can’t see Roma paying 13.4 million pounds for Szczesny next year, so this initially means he will rejoin Arsenal next year to compete with Cech and Emi. Also means this will also be Ospina’s last season if that’s the scenario.

  4. Milik is out of the picture now. He has signed with Napoli
    Also looks like Chelsea have bid £24 million for Mustafi and £33 mil for Koulibaly

    A few weeks ago i didn’t think Wenger was dithering until Vardy said that he wasn’t even contacted by Wenger. Now God knows what he is doing.

    Wenger’s indecisiveness and “patience” means we have missed out on good players
    Mktharyan, Ibrahimovic, Milik, Janssen, Higuain (although his fee was ridiculous)
    Hulk, Batshuayi, Nolito

    The pool of quality forwards available is quite small now

    I swear if Wenger gets a quality Striker and CB (even though we also need a top winger), I will not criticise him all season for his transfers, as I don’t enjoy criticising him. I just want us to have the best team possible

    I pray we can get Lacazette, Mahrez or Draxler and any good experienced CB

  5. If we buy Maharez… could the Ox be tried as a striker. He has the power and pace.




  6. @Bangaa11…The only reason I feel Ox won’t work as a striker is his inability to finish off chances. He either over shoots or over touch the ball. If he can work on his finishing and maybe positioning from a striker view then he should be OK but honestly he isn’t a striker..

    Kudos to him for some cool finishes in the preseason game but I rather see him improve his game all round and number one priority for me to him is staying fit.. ..

  7. Yeah good luck to him, and good luck to Roma if ya know what I mean. No seriously though, he’s a good keeper, he’s just not that top notch keeper that the biggest teams need, imo, he won’t ever be. But I’ve been wrong before, cheers mate, but seriously I have. So who knows, he might pick up some things in Italy that better him a little, like a defensive unit, instead of one man scampering back. Those flapping mistakes though, I’ve never seen a keeper who makes those, to all of a sudden cut them out completely. Still, all the best Szczzzzzzz.

  8. Everyone goes on about szczesney only being 26 but ospina is only 27 (ok 28 on the 31st August)

    IMO ospina is a far better keeper and worth persevering with him for another year until we can sign someone better than him again.

    1. ^And I think you should lay off the drugs or at least pass the blunt every now and then

  9. I still think Wos is the future of arsenal and hope that he will be back next season, i have seen Cech and Ospina make various errors, which if it was Wos we still would have been talking about it.

    Anyway i which him a ll the best

  10. Valencia want €25m for Mustafi so Wenger and Arsenal decide to offer €18m which was rightly rejected as the offer is lame and not to be taken seriously,the Arsenal board and Wenger think the transfer window is for playing games!

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