Talks between Arsenal and Roma over another season-long loan deal for Wojciech Szczesny have reportedly stalled, suggesting that he’ll be in north London next season after all.
Despite recent reports all pointing to the goalkeeper extending his loan deal in Italy, the Guardian are claiming that talks have stalled. It appears that the Serie A club aren’t willing to meet Arsenal’s requirements, which, presumably were wage-related.
Last season, Arsenal paid a percentage of the Poland international’s wages, which are thought to be in the region of £2.4m, despite him being at Roma.
Back in May, talks were said to have initially stalled because Arsenal have asked Roma to pay the entirety of the 26-year-old’s wages if he’s going to stay there for another season, which makes sense. Why should we pay his wages, if he’s not playing for us? I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this is why the negotiations have once again run into trouble.
Woj has implied that he would like to remain in Italy for the time being in order to get regular playing time. However, he’s also been careful to mention that he wouldn’t mind returning to north London at all.