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.
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.
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.