Wojciech Szczesny’s possible switch to Juventus has been branded a shrewd move and a deal which would strengthen their substitutes’ bench ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
2017/18 is set to be Gianluigi Buffon’s final season before retiring as a footballing legend. Having surpassed 600 club appearances for the Old Lady since joining in the summer of 2001, it’s unlikely that he will not feature regularly again next term considering his statistics.
21 clean sheets across 43 matches (all competitions) is an impressive tally and for a 39-year-old, he has shown that age has not seen a significant decline in his ability.
Szczesny is likely to be Arsenal’s second-choice if he does return to north London this summer, even though Petr Cech was inconsistent throughout last season.
Cech is 35-years-old and reaching the final stages of his career too, though it’s unlikely that Wenger will drop the former Czech Republic international unless he makes a catalogue of high-profile mistakes.
Juventus are prepared to offer the Poland international a €4m-per-year deal over four years and considering he’s spent the last two seasons in the Serie A, it’s a possibility that he’d explore if not given first-team assurances at Arsenal.
The likelihood is, he’ll be given promises by Juventus themselves that once Buffon does retire, Szczesny will be seen as their first-choice, but for the time-being he’ll have to remain patient and play sporadically in cup competitions.
This is similar to the role that David Ospina has had to patiently endure at Arsenal and it’s no surprise that he’s nearing the exit door this summer.
With that being said, the deal could give Szczesny extra motivation as something to work towards, improving at one of the world’s top clubs whilst challenging for silverware on all fronts – something his parent club are struggling to do at present.