Arsenal will sanction the sale of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to Juventus in the coming days, Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio has revealed on his personal website.
The 27-year-old was recently left out of the club’s pre-season tour of Australia and China with The Sun suggesting that the shot-stopper is on the cusp of a return to the Serie A.
The Poland international enjoyed a successful two-year spell on loan with AS Roma, and this attracted interest from the likes of Inter Milan and Napoli.
However, he has set his sights on a switch to Juventus, although he will have to play second fiddle to Gianluigi Buffon for the 2017/18 campaign.
Buffon is due to call quits on his playing career following next summer’s World Cup in Russia, and this presents Szczesny with the chance to become the number one in Turin.
As per Sky reporter, Di Marzio, Szczesny is due to complete his Juventus transfer in the coming week before linking up with his new team-mates for their pre-season tour of the United States.
The 27-year-old has racked 181 outings for the Gunners over the course of his career, but he has not made a league appearance since he was caught smoking in the dressing room showers after the 2-0 loss to Southampton in early 2015.
The Pole currently has just 12 months left on his previous Gunners deal, and the club are inclined to sell the keeper this summer rather than losing him for nothing at the end of next season.
With Ospina also eyeing a move elsewhere, Arsene Wenger faces a big decision to make on his goalkeeping options with Emiliano Martinez the only other suitable option, who could play backup to Petr Cech next term.