Szczesny Out, Butland In At Arsenal?


Arsenal‘s Polish international, Wojciech Szczesny, is set to leave the Emirates this summer on a permanent basis, returning to Serie A with either champions, Juventus, or fallen giants, Internazionale.

According to the Evening Standard, the Pole has been told he can leave the north London club this summer, along with Colombian international, David Ospina.

Fenerbahce are keen on the South American, whose brother-in-law is Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, and are willing to meet Arsenal’s £5m valuation.

Significantly, Szczesny’s name, along with that of Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Debuchy, has been left off the options for printed names on the back of the 2017-18 replica home shirt in the Arsenal club shop.

New Inter boss, Luciano Spalletti, was in charge at Roma while Szczesny played on loan at the Stadio Olimpico for the past two seasons. It was expected that the Giallorossi would make the move permanent but that has been put on hold following Spalletti’s departure.

Juventus, meanwhile, are considering options if Gianluigi Donnarumma doesn’t leave Milan this summer. However, they baulked at paying the £15m Arsenal demanded for their Polish ‘keeper, offering only £3m initially.

When that was rejected, the Italian champions upped the bid to £4m. Their unwillingness to go higher opened the door which Inter are prepared to walk through.

With two high-profile goalkeeper’s leaving, Arsenal are in the market themselves. While there are high hopes for Emi Martinez, Arsene Wenger is keen on a more experienced presence in the squad to challenge for Petr Cech’s place in the side.

Jack Butland, according to the Standard, is one name under consideration but with £30m paid for Jordan Pickford, an English goalkeeper seems unlikely, with Stoke City likely to demand more than that for the player many believe ready to take Joe Hart’s place in the England starting line-up.