‘It is worth talking about’: £21m star shares stance on transfer amid Arsenal links
Wojciech Szczesny has stated – via Calciomercato – that he has no control over Juventus’ plans for a summer transfer amid links with a return to Arsenal.
But the Poland international admits that discussions over a move are worth having, with his future in Turin in doubt. That may be good news for Mikel Arteta, as Szczesny returning to north London cannot be ruled out, per Calciomercato.it.
The 31-year-old’s future at the Allianz Stadium has grown increasingly uncertain as the Old Lady are looking to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma. The AC Milan goalkeeper will leave the San Siro when his contract expires at the end of the month.
Donnarumma’s situation is too good of an opportunity for Juventus to miss, yet face a lot of competition. Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are also keen on the Italy number one, who likewise has admirers at Arsenal.
But Juventus cannot have two starting options in their squad, so have to part with Szczesny to bring Donnarumma in. The Serie A giants would demand at least €25million (£21.5m) to sell the Gunners product, however.
Szczesny has faced questions on his situation while with the Poland squad ahead of Euro 2020. And while he admits there are questions to be asked, he is not in a position to offer any guarantees.
“I will try to answer this question once and for all,” Szczesny said. “The topic has been in the media for a long time, and it is worth talking about. My departure? I’m not responsible for Juventus’ transfers.”
TBR’s view: Szczesny offers Arsenal hope
Szczesny admitting there are questions to be asked over his future at Juventus will offer Arsenal hope of a transfer. The Gunners product clearly acknowledges the threat to his position in Turin with speculation of the Old Lady wanting Donnarumma.
It may take Juventus signing Donnarumma for Arsenal to be able to bring Szczesny back to the Emirates, though. Massimiliano Allegri will be loath to sign off on the goalkeeper leaving before a new number one is brought in.
Arsenal could yet try and beat Juventus to Donnarumma’s signature, as well. However, Arteta bringing the Milan shot-stopper to the Emirates is questionable as the Gunners cannot offer European football while other suitors can offer a shot at title success.
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