Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s proposed move to Roma could be danger of collapsing after the Italian side identified an alternative target, according to Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Roma are reportedly interested in signing AC Milan goalie Diego Lopez instead, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, but is reportedly waiting for Blues keeper Asmir Begovic to make his rumoured transfer to Everton official before signing for the Stamford Bridge club.
Should Lopez join Roma, the Italian side would see no point in signing Szczesny, who has praised Roma’s coaching staff since he joined the club, and has also spoken of his desire to make the transfer permanent.
Szczesny, 26, had previously been Arsene Wenger’s first-choice goalkeeper at Arsenal, but the arrivals of David Ospina and Petr Cech combined with Szczesny’s consistently indifferent form resulted in the Polish international dropping drown to third choice in the pecking order, leaving the club on loan during the 2015-16 season on loan to Roma.
Roma are keen to make the loan deal permanent, and Gazza Mercato claim that transfer talks between the two clubs have taken place this month. The Express have recently reported that Szczesny could be allowed to leave for around £15m.
Szczesny joined Arsenal’s youth set-up in 2006, and has since made 132 Premier League appearances for the North London club since making his league debut during the 2010-11 season.
He played in 34 Serie A matches, featuring under both Rudi Garcia and Luciano Spalletti during Roma’s third place finish last season.