The rumour that Napoli are after Wojciech Szczesny has gathered momentum.

  • Szczesny’s contract expires next year
  • Spent 2 season on loan at Roma
  • Said to not want to return to Arsenal if Wenger’s there
  • Napoli want him as Reina replacement
  • Arsenal asking for €10m

The story, originally reported by Il Messaggero on Wednesday, has now spread with Italian outlet, Gazzetta dello Sport weighing in.

They back up the claims that Napoli are looking to replace former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina (34) with a younger model and since Woj is currently statistically the best shot-stopper in Europe’s five top leagues this season, he seems like the obvious choice.

Woj has pulled off more saves (80 to Reina’s 59) and conceded less goals (27 to 32) than his Napoli counterpart and considering Roma and Napoli are rivals in the same league, they’ve been able to watch him develop closely.

Arsenal are keen to hold onto the 27-year-old since David Ospina appears to be off to Fenerbahce and Petr Cech is past his best.

As far as we know, Woj is still set to return to north London after his second loan spell at Roma, where he’s excelled, for next season.

Napoli reportedly haven’t made contract yet. However, the Gunners are reportedly asking for €10m – an amount Napoli won’t be willing to pay. However, considering what a brilliant keeper Woj has developed into in Serie A, they might decide that he’s worth it after all.