The future of Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny remains no clearer as conflicting reports have emerged regarding where he will be playing at the start of next season.
Currently in his second season-long loan spell with Roma, the Polish international is expected to return to the Emirates in the summer where he will then hold showdown talks with the club.
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Szczesny has previously insisted that his main priority when discussing his future with Arsenal will centre on his chances of playing first-team football, but reports in The Sun suggest that the keeper will have little say in the matter as the Gunners are likely to block his possible departure from north London.
Current second choice goalkeeper David Ospina looks set to leave the club in the summer as he too goes in pursuit of regular playing time, with Turkish outfit Fenerbahce tipped to sign him.
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The report from the Sun does however suggest that it will be Arsene Wenger's request for Szczesny to remain at Arsenal, and it goes without saying that such a scenario depends entirely on the Frenchman signing a new contract.
Whilst there are suggestions that the Gunners will look to keep Szczesny, the Italian press offer a different account of the Pole's future and suggest that Napoli could well attempt to sign him on a permanent deal in the off season.
Happy 27th birthday to Wojciech Szczesny!
He's kept more clean sheets in Serie A this season (14) than any other goalkeeper. pic.twitter.com/XHrHebnidS
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Maurizio Sarri's men are considering replacing former Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina and like many in Serie A, have been impressed with Szczesny's form for Roma over the past two years.
With the Arsenal keeper now comfortable in Italy, Napoli hope to lure him away from the Emirates and will look to assure Szczesny of first-team football, something that Arsenal are unlikely to offer considering that first choice goalkeeper Petr Cech still has two years remaining on his contract.