Wojciech Szczesny is reportedly set to snub Napoli in favour of staying at Arsenal.
- Napoli want Szczesny as Reina replacement
- Arsenal asking for £10m
- Talks between Arsenal and Woj’s reps set to take place on 5 May
- Woj wants Premier League return
According to Il Mattino [via Sport Witness], Woj would rather return to the Premier League from Roma, where he’s spent the last two seasons on loan, than stay in Italy.
Napoli have been heavily linked with a move for the 27-year-old following his continued success as Roma’s number one in Serie A. Woj is currently rated the best performing goalkeeper in Europe, keeping 14 cleans sheets in the league alone, so you can understand why.
Napoli’s current first choice shot-stopper, Pepe Reina, is now 34 and apparently they see Woj as the perfect replacement. Not that the former Liverpool goalkeeper’s dad reckons his son would mind.
“Szczesny? There is no problem,” said Miguel Reina [via Calcio Mercato].
“If he goes, Pepe likes the challenges, and then he would be happy because Napoli would still be strengthened.
“He is interested in winning.”
Woj has other plans though and is supposedly keen to get back to the league in which he started.
This goes against comments from the Poland international’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, who said recently that Napoli would be a “good destination” for Woj, as well as Zbigniew Boniek, Polish FA President, who said that Woj had told him that he didn’t want to work under Arsene Wenger.
“This is my future, then we’ll see what happens in June, but I’m happy here and work for the team.”
Woj’s current Arsenal deal runs out in June 2018.