Juventus, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund are all targetting Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for a summer move
Italian publication Corriere dello Sport have reported that Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is on the radar of Juventus, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund. The Pole is currently on loan with AS Roma in the Serie A, but the three aforementioned clubs are now all set to make a move for him in the summer.
Wojciech Szczesny’s career at Arsenal has been quite the topsy turvy one. He joined the North London club in 2006 as one of the most promising teen goalkeeping prospects in the world. Having joined the youth ranks with the Gunners, Szczesny made rapid strides to establish himself as the firm first choice by 2011.
He was one of the best goalkeepers for several seasons in the Premier League thereafter, as he regularly made an impression with his quick reflexes and superb shot-stopping abilities. However, poor form coupled with disciplinary issues in 2014/15 saw him lose his place in the starting lineup to David Ospina.
Petr Cech’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium in the 2015/16 season then saw Szczesny being sent to AS Roma on loan and he is currently on his second season-long loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico. What’s more, he has not only established himself as the number one under Luciano Spalletti but also is a firm fan-favourite.
Szczesny seems to be back to his very best this season, and he hasn’t missed a single minute of action for Roma. His exploits have seen the Giallorossi keep 11 clean sheets in the Serie A, conceding just 22 goals in the process.
Roma have previously indicated that they would like to retain Szczesny on a permanent basis once his loan spell ends at the culmination of this season. However, they are now set to face competition for him in the form of Serie A rivals Juventus and Napoli, as well as Borussia Dortmund.
Juventus are searching for captain Gianluigi Buffon’s long-term successor and have already scouted the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alban Lafont and David De Gea. And it looks like they’re keeping their options open, with Szczesny being scouted as well.
Napoli, on the other hand, are looking to replace Pepe Reina, who seems to be past his peak, and have turned their attention towards the Poland international. With Szczesny being well experienced in Serie A, he is certainly a viable option for Napoli to consider.
Meanwhile, Roman Burki and Roman Weidenfeller have been highly unreliable for Borussia Dortmund of late, resulting in Thomas Tuchel looking for goalkeeping reinforcements for the summer. With Szczesny regaining top form this season, he could well be a top addition for the Bundesliga club.
It now remains to be seen if Arsenal are willing to sell Szczesny in the summer, or if Arsene Wenger intends to reinstate him back into his first team plans. Clubs are lining up for him though, and it will be interesting to see the club Szczesny plays for next season.