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Juventus yet to seal deal for Arsenal goalkeeper

Juventus boss Max Allegri has declined suggestions that the club are close to wrapping up the services of Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the summer transfer window.

The Poland international is said to be eyeing a fresh challenge away from Arsenal following a two-year loan stint with AS Roma. Szczesny was initially deemed as a probable replacement for Gunners deputy David Ospina, but the 27-year-old has other thoughts in mind ahead of next season.

Petr Cech has owned the number one duties since his arrival from Chelsea in the summer of 2015, and he is unlikely to leave the position anytime soon with Arsene Wenger offering him the full backing despite his minor struggles during the previous campaign. Earlier last month, the Frenchman was asked whether he would be moving for a new shot-stopper, but he insisted that he has sufficient options in hand with reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez also capable of stepping into the starting line-up when in need.

Buffon highlighted earlier in the week that Szczesny could be the ideal successor once he hangs up his boots, but Allegri has clearly insisted that this is not the case, he said: “Szczesny is not done”. With the World Cup coming along next term, Szczesny would be eager to earn first-team football as he faces a straight battle with ex-Gunners teammates Lukasz Fabianski for the number one role. The Gunners graduate currently has just a year left on his existing deal, and Wenger could risk losing the player for nothing next season, should he fail to find a suitable player to replace him in the ranks.

Arsenal have already made valuable business for the summer with the Bosman signing of Sead Kolasinac, and the full-back could prove to be a huge bargain, if he manages to quickly adapt to the Gunners’ style of play.