Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri revealed the club’s deal to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny hasn’t been completed yet, contrary from quotes from Gianluigi Buffon that hinted otherwise.
The long-serving Juventus shot stopper recently spoke about his own future for club and country, calling AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny his long-term replacements for Italy and Juventus respectively, although Allegri says the deal to sign the Polish international isn’t done.
“Szczesny? It is not a done deal, we still have to close the negotiations,” said the Juve boss to Corriere dello Sport, reports the Daily Star.
Recent reports suggest Juventus and Arsenal are having disagreements over asking price. Szczesny has 12 months left on his deal at the Emirates Stadium which lowers his value in the transfer market. Juve were believed to have offered £5m for his services, a third of the price Arsenal want for him, so negotiations will be ongoing.
Szczesny has become one of the top-20 goalkeepers in Europe during a successful two years on loan with AS Roma. He left Arsenal with his career at a crossroads but could now be Buffon’s replacement at Juve, perennial Serie A champions and two-time Champions League finalists in recent years.