Wojciech Szczesny is reportedly close to a move to Italian Serie A giants Napoli, having been offered a three-year deal to be the club’s first choice between the sticks in 2017/18.
The Arsenal goalkeeper has just returned from a two-year loan spell with AS Roma, having made 72 Serie A appearances since his 2015 arrival, but did reveal a desire to fight for the No.1 jersey at his parent club. With David Ospina expected to be sold to Turkish side Fenerbahce in the summer, there’s a chance for Szczesny to fight with Petr Cech for playing time next season.
However, Napoli are believed to have offered the Polish international a contract, according to 101 Great Goals, which would keep him at the Stadio San Paolo until 2020, with rumours that Pepe Reina will be axed as first-choice goalkeeper. Szczesny, now 27, won’t want to be stuck on the bench whatever his decision this summer so assurances from Napoli that he’ll be a regular could see him make the move.
Originally signed from Legia by Arsenal in 2006, Szczesny has gone on to make over 180 appearances for the Gunners but hasn’t played for Arsene Wenger’s side since the 2014/15 FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa. Player and manager were believed to have had a falling out which led to his temporary move to Italy, but he’s returning a mature and developed goalkeeper than the one that initially left.
Napoli are said to be keen to get the deal done this summer but the player has a lot to consider. Szczesny wouldn’t end his 11-year association with Arsenal easily.