Seeing as his loan deal with Roma officially ended on Thursday, Wojciech Szczesny is technically once again an Arsenal player.
At least for the time being.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma are still very much interested in prolonging the Poland international’s stay in the Italian capital for another year, but Arsenal aren’t being very flexible about it.
The London club want €3m up front for the loan deal as well as the Serie A club to pay most of the player’s wages.
This causes such a problem for Roma that Morgan de Sanctis, whose contract with the club ran out yesterday, has been asked by Walter Sabatini to hold off signing for anyone else in case they cannot come to an agreement with Arsenal over Szczesny.
The 39-year-old veteran is said to have already rejected a few offers from Serie B clubs, as well as a move to Greece, and it could be a case he remains in Rome that extra year to see his 40th birthday there.
It would seem strange if Arsenal weren’t prepared to meet Roma half way on this, considering the player wouldn’t be given a chance next season with Cech as the starting goalkeeper.
Perhaps they’ve received a better offer from elsewhere already?