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Report: Juventus, Arsenal in final stages of concluding deal for Szczesny

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Wojciech Szczesny is reportedly set to remain in Italy.

According to the Guardian's Fabrizio Romano and Marcus Christenson, Juventus and Arsenal are in the final stages of concluding a deal for Szczesny with the fee expected to be around £10 million (about €11.4 million). The Polish 'keeper apparently agreed to a deal in principle with the Old Lady and will sign a long-term contract that pays him nearly £70,000 (about €80,000) per week.

The reported fee is lower than the one published by Sky Sports News HQ in June, which said that Juventus agreed to a deal in principle to sign Szczesny for around £14 million (€16 million).

Szczesny, who joined Arsenal's academy in 2006, played at AS Roma on loan for the last two seasons. In 2016-17, he took the pitch in all of the Giallorossi's Serie A games and tallied more clean sheets than any shot-stopper in the top flight of Italian football.

Wojciech Szczesny kept more clean sheets in Serie A last season (14) than any other goalkeeper. 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/a1QII6S7Tq— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 10, 2017

In May, Szczesny told the Guardian that he feels better than ever, saying: "The one thing I want to do is make sure I don't stay still. I was quite still for five years - sometimes I played better, sometimes worse, sometimes phenomenal, sometimes rubbish.

"You take steps forward and backwards. It is not very good for your head if you go up and down and up and down. I want to try to keep going up, with my quality and with my decisions that I make. I am 27, the best I have ever been, I still have room to improve and I want to make sure that room doesn't stay empty. I want to go into that room. It feels like a big moment."

At Juventus, Szczesny would reportedly be expected to act as Gianluigi Buffon's understudy.

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