Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny’s future has been thrown into more doubt after Roma agreed to sign a new goalkeeper.
The Serie A side are set to complete the signing of Brazil goalkeeper Alisson in the next 24 hours – a move which raises a question mark over the long-term future of Szczesny in Italy.
The Poland stopper went on loan to Roma last summer after the £10million arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea and he played 42 times for the Italian club as they finished third in Serie A.
But now with the 23-year Alisson’s impending arrival, Szczesny, 26, may not fancy a tussle for the number one jersey.
Alisson told Globoesporte: “Did I go to play in the Champions League? Yes, it’s a dream, and it’s one of the reasons I chose Roma – to play in the Champions League and the Italian League.
“Roma haven’t won the Scudetto for a long time, I hope to succeed.”
Szczesny has indicated that he would like to stay with Roma and the club have indicated they would look to keep the Arsenal man at the Stadio Olimpico, although they believe his price tag is “unrealistic”.
Last week Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini told the Evening Standard: “I’ve yet to speak with Arsenal, but the figure on his buyout clause is not realistic.”
The player declared his happiness in the Italian capital last month after a mixed season for Luciano Spalletti’s men and had indicated that his future lies away from The Emirates.
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“Everyone knows I’m really happy here [Roma],’ he told Sky Italia last month.
“I would like to be able to tell you about my future, but I don’t know what it holds for me. I have expressed my intentions to the two clubs and now it’s up to them. I have to decide what’s best for my career.
“It’s not all up to me, obviously. I want it to happen, and I know Roma and Arsenal are talking about it.”