In a reported twist of events, Roma’s new sporting director Monchi – formerly of Sevilla – is hoping to persuade Wojciech Szczesny to remain at the club on a permanent basis.
Wojciech, who has spent the last two seasons out on-loan in Rome, continues to develop under-the-radar ahead of his return to north London this summer.
He has already confirmed that he’ll rejoin the club and presumably compete with Petr Cech as first-choice goalkeeper next term, but reports in Italy have hinted that Roma will make a move to sign him at some stage.
At this current stage, it’d be very difficult for Roma to retain Szczesny’s services.
Arsene Wenger has already stressed he doesn’t need a new goalkeeper amid Jordan Pickford rumours, so that news is sure to have given the Poland international a boost of confidence prior to his long-awaited return.
If it’s clear that he’s a second-choice behind Cech in the pecking order though, things could become more complicated.
Szczesny has continually reiterated the fact that he wants to stay at Arsenal but if regular first-team minutes cannot be offered, it’s plausible that he’d accept a move back to his adopted home in Italy.
After all, it’s where he and wife Marina Łuczenko have settled over the past two seasons.
He’s got a year left on his existing contract and even though he’s eager for an opportunity long-term with the Gunners, Roma are said to be impressed with the professional conduct shown since his loan switch.
Łukasz Skorupski has kept ten clean sheets for Empoli this term and will return to Roma from his own loan spell, but Alisson could potentially leave – paving the way for a formal approach to sign Szczesny, should his situation not improve in the coming months at Arsenal.