Arsenal are keen to sign the young Polish shot-stopper in January and loan him back to Legia, as Unai Emery wants Majecki as Bernd Leno’s understudy next season.
Arsenal have one of the best pairs of goalkeepers in the Premier League this season in Petr Cech and Bernd Leno, although Unai Emery wants a new No.2 at the club for next season. For that reason, Arsenal, as reported by The Sun, are weighing up an offer for Legia Warsaw’s young Polish U-20 keeper Radoslaw Majecki during the January window.
Arsenal have three able keepers on their roster right now, with Emiliano Martinez occupying the third spot. However, there could be a shortage of keepers next season or even in January as Martinez could finally leave the club as he looks for regular action. Rennes from France are credited with a definite interest in the Argentine, and a move might bring a keeper shortage at the club.
Even if Martinez is to stay put until the summer, Arsenal still would need a new keeper, as it’s understood the Argentine might eventually leave in the summer along with veteran stopper Petr Cech. The Former Chelsea star is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal, and there has been no news so far that the club might look to offer him an extension. There was however interest from elsewhere, especially from Napoli, but the Czech star stayed put.
Either way, Petr Cech will look to leave after summer signing Bernd Leno usurped his status at the club and there’s no sign of change in this scenario. There could be many teams ready to offer Cech a starting role in their sides should the keeper decide to leave the Emirates next summer. For now, Emery will be looking to bring in a capable understudy for Bernd Leno, and Majecki seems to have caught his eye for this role.
The Polish U-20 stopper has kept six clean sheets in eight appearances this season for Legia as the club look to win the Polish championships once again. He is also set to represent Poland at the U-20 World Cup next summer, although Arsenal would be keen to do a deal before the tournament.
Having established himself as a key player for Legia this season, the Polish club will be reluctant to accept any substantial offer for their players including Majecki owing to their difficult financial situation. However, Arsenal could help Legia’s cause this season by letting Majecki join them back on loan immediately upon signing him.
This won’t be the first time Arsenal are raiding Legia Warsaw, especially for a goalkeeper, having signed Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny from the club in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Although both the keepers only had a brief period of success at Arsenal, before re-discovering their true form elsewhere. Fabianski played for Swansea and is now at West Ham, while Szczesny is now the No.1 at Juventus.
Will Majecki prove to be a good transfer and an able understudy for current No.1 Leno? Whatever be the result of this transfer, it’s almost certain that Arsenal are looking to build for the future with the goalkeeper certainly one for the future.