Juventus convinced they stole Arsenal star for bargain price

Date published: Friday 3rd April 2020 7:50

Juventus believe they grabbed a bargain when they signed Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny in 2017; now valuing their No.1 in excess of  €60m.

Calciomercato have revealed how Juve think the €12m, plus €3m in add-ons they paid for the Poland keeper was a steal and that he has become one of their best signings in recent history.

Sporting director Fabio Paratici pounced on the opportunity to sign the 29-year-old and his brilliant form in Turin has mean that rumours linking Gianluigi Donnarumma with a transfer have been prevalent.

Veteran Petr Cech was brought in as Szczesny was loaned out to Roma after some high-profile mistakes for the Gunners.

Szczesny helped Roma in to Europe in 2015/16 and he was forthright with his comments in the May of that season.

“If I stay at Roma, it’ll be the opportunity to grow and improve even more. If I return to Arsenal, I’ll make use of my experience,” he told Il Tempo.

“I learned more in four months under [Luciano] Spalletti than in 10 years in England. He puts a lot of importance on playing the ball to feet. One day we trained for over 45 minutes just on goal kicks.

 

 

 

“I consider this season very positive, I had to change mentality quickly, it was a very important opportunity for me.

“It was a waste of time sitting on the bench in London.”

He returned to Roma on loan for the 2016/17 and started all 38 league games, keeping Alisson Becker out of the team and ending the season with the 14 clean sheets – the most in the league.

Roma though failed to sign him permanently and Juve stepped in and signed the former Brentford loanee, for what now seems like a bargain price.

Szczesny, who was set to enter the last year of his contract next season, recently signed a three-year contract extension in Turin, keeping him at the club until 2024 and if anyone fancies luring him away from the Serie A champions they will have to fork out in excess of €60m.

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