Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will be offered the opportunity to remain at Roma for at least another season after sporting director Walter Sabatini confirmed the club would hold talks with the Poland international over his future in the Italian capital. The 26-year-old is open to remaining at the club for another season, but it is not yet known whether the Serie A giants will pursue a permanent deal.
Gazzetta dello Sport understand that the Gunners are demanding £15m if the Stadio Olimpico club want to acquire Szczesny on a long-term basis, according to Sky Sports. The Polish stopper is open to extending his season-long loan spell at the club into a second year but it is not known whether he would be open to leaving north London permanently.
Szczesny made 42 appearances for Roma last season, keeping nine clean sheets and helping the club reach next season's Champions League. With Petr Cech remaining a permanent fixture in the Arsenal goal this season the chance of Szczesny reclaiming his place appear distant, and a move to Rome could be an attractive one.
"Szczesny is an Arsenal player and we'll see if we can keep him at Roma," Sabatini said, according to Sky Sports. Roma finished third in Serie A last season but are faced with a tough task to keep their star players Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan, who have both been linked with moves to the Premier League.
After admitting he would be open to staying at Roma on loan for a second season, Szczesny took to Facebook to dismiss suggestions he was contemplating a permanent move away from Arsenal. The former Brentford loanee clearly still has some affection for the Gunners, having revelled in their success in finishing the season above local rival Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the season.
Arsene Wenger has already sanctioned the exits of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky after the trio's contract all expired at the end of the season and the clear-out could continue. Theo Walcott has been linked with leaving Arsenal for West Ham United after analysts blamed his omission from England's Euro 2016 squad on his stagnant development at Arsenal.