Juventus have reportedly slapped a €25 million price tag on Wojciech Szczesny, who could be a target for Arsenal this coming summer.
According to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercato, Arsenal are weighing up a potential move to re-sign Wojciech Szczesny in the summer transfer window. The Gunners, though, will need to shell out close to €25 million to prise the 31-year-old Polish goalkeeper away from Juventus, who are keen on signing Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Szcesny has resurrected his career since arriving in Serie A from Arsenal. After initially joining AS Roma on a season-long loan deal in the summer of 2015, the Pole was so impressive that the Italian outfit signed him on another year-long temporary deal. And, in the 2016/17 season, he was even more pivotal for Roma, who garnered a club-record 87 points in Serie A, while the shot stopper kept a league-high 14 clean sheets.
The subsequent summer, Szczesny’s 11-year association with Arsenal came to an end, as he made his way to Juventus, and he has continued to progress leaps and bounds in Turin. Till date, the 31-year-old has turned out 137 times for the Bianconeri, conceding 124 goals while keeping 54 clean sheets and also winning several trophies in the process, including 3 Serie A titles.
Szczesny, though, faces an uncertain future at the Allianz Stadium heading into the summer transfer window, with Juventus keen on signing Gianluigi Donnarumma, who has left fellow Serie A outfit AC Milan as a free agent. Such a situation, however, could open the door for a return to Arsenal.
Arsenal could possibly be entering the market for a goalkeeper this summer, with the future of Bernd Leno up in the air following a sub-par 2020/21 campaign. While Mat Ryan appears set to join the Gunners on a permanent deal, the Australian goalkeeper is only likely to be a backup option to the first-choice stopper.
To that end, Arsenal had been hoping to sign David Raya on the cheap if Brentford failed to secure promotion to the Premier League. However, following the Bees’ successful playoffs campaign, the north Londoners have had to scrap such plans.
A possible alternative is Andre Onana, who could be closing in on a switch to the Emirates. Arsenal, though, are also weighing up the possibility of re-signing Szczesny, although they will have to cough up close to €25 million to secure his services this summer.
In contrast, Onana’s signing will only command a fraction of such a sum, so it will be interesting to see which way Arsenal lean towards for their summer transfer business for a goalkeeper. For now, it looks like Szczesny’s return to the Emirates could well see the light of the day, and it remains to be seen if the required €25 million valuation is met.