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Roma Finalise ‘Loan To Buy’ Deal For Arsenal Goalkeeper [Report]

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal celebrates after Olivier Giroud of Arsenal (not pictured) scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

According to reports in Italy today, Roma have reached an agreement with Arsenal to re-sign goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on a season-long loan.

Promient Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has this afternoon claimed that the finer details have been ironed out to take the Polish international back to the Stadio Olimpico, where he spent the entirety of last season.

Di Marzio has also revealed the fee for which the Italian side can make the deal permanent at the end of the season; he can join the club permanently for a fee of €16m.

ROME, ITALY - APRIL 03:  Wojciech Szczesny of AS Roma celebrate the victory after the Serie A match between SS Lazio and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on April 3, 2016 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Luciano Rossi/AS Roma via Getty Images)

The 26-year-old’s wages were though to be a stumbling block, with Arsenal insisting that Roma pay the entirety of Szczesny’s salary during his time in Italy. The loaning club have eventually agreed, and now the transfer is free to be rubber-stamped.

Szczesny went from being Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper to their third within a matter of months. A number of high profile errors led to his demotion behind Colombian international David Ospina in the middle of the 2014/15 season – and when Petr Cech arrived at the Emirates in an £11m deal last summer, Szczesny’s days at Arsenal were numbered.

He had indicated a willingness to stay and fight for his place in England in the coming season, but is now more minded to return to the club where he made 42 appearances in all competitions last season and will be guaranteed first team football, both domestically and in the Champions League.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - MAY 23:  (L-R) David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny a training session at London Colney on May 23, 2015 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Szczesny’s departure is likely to mean that Ospina will now be staying at Arsenal. Besiktas had been interested in the 27-year-old, but Arsene Wenger’s need for a deputy to Cech means that he will need Ospina for the coming campaign.

Confirmation of the deal from both parties will come in due course, with Di Marzio reporting that the agreement could be announced publicly as soon as this evening.

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