Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is edging closer to a permanent move to Roma.

The Poland international last season spent on loan at Roma and made 42 appearances across all competitions.

Now Sky Sports suggest he is hours away to complete a permanent switch for a fee of around £13m in the next 24 hours.

The 26-year-old Polish shot-stopper is expected to have a medical in Rome shortly ahead of the deal being completed.

Roma and the player have been keen to continue their association next season, and after weeks of tough negotiations, the Giallorossi finally agreed on a deal with Arsenal for the Pole.

Szczesny made his debut for Arsenal in 2009 and went on to make 180 appearances in all competitions.

But he eventually fell out of favour to manager Arsene Wenger after being caught smoking in the showers in the wake of a 2-0 defeat to Southampton in January 2005.

He then lost his No.1 spot to David Ospina following that episode and played only five more matches for the club, all in the FA cup during the 2014/15 season.

And the arrival of Petr Cech last summer from Chelsea saw Wenger agree to let Szczesny leave on loan and he has now allowed a permanent departure with Ospina set to remain as Cech’s substitute.

Szczesny’s last appearance for Arsenal was the 4-0 victory against Aston Villa in the 2015 FA Cup final.

Szczesny is set to miss Roma’s pre-season tour of the US that most recently saw them overcome Liverpool 2-1 on Monday thanks to goals from two other former Premier League stars, Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah.

The move was on the verge of completion last week, but interest from Ronald Koeman and Everton reportedly held up the deal. However, the 26-year-old has made no secret of his desire to return to the Italian capital with the prospect of first team football and participation in the Champions League on offer.

That being said, he will not be as secure as Roma’s number one as he was last season, with the Giallorossi recently spending €8m to sign Brazilian international goalkeeper Alisson from Internacional.


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