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AS Roma to complete double loan move for Szczesny and Salah

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Serie A side AS Roma are set to finalise and announce two loan-deals from the Premier League with Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny and Chelsea's Mohamed Salah on the brink of joining.

Rudi Garcia is keen to strengthen his team in order to close the gap between themselves and champions Juventus, and after seeing The Old Lady lose a trio of key stars, confidence could be high in Rome with the right additions.

Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal have all left the Italian champions this summer, giving hope to close title-rivals Roma and also Napoli.

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So far this summer, Roma have been fairly quiet in the transfer market, with Radja Nainggolan being the big bit of business after they secured full ownership for the Belgium from Cagliari.

However, Garcia is about to add two new faces to his squad as two season-long loan deals are set to be finalised.

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The first newcomer will be goalkeeper Szczesny who is set to join from Arsenal for the 2015/2016 campaign. The Polish international has already arrived in Italy and already confirmed that he is signing for Roma, but neither club has officially announced it as of yet.

Excluded

Szczesny was excluded from the Emirates Cup this weekend, with Arsene Wenger saying he was injured, but it was then revealed later that he was on his way to Italy to finalise a loan deal.

The 'keeper announced on his official Instagram account that he would be signing for the Serie A side and was then snapped arriving at an airport in Italy.

Salah In

Szczesny will be joined at Roma by Premier League rival Salah, who is joining from Chelsea on a season-long loan. The Egyptian is already familiar with Italian football after spending half of last season on loan at Fiorentina, but after refusing to rejoin them this season, he is now on the brink of joining Roma.

Salah's agent tweeted out yesterday that the winger will be arriving in Rome today ahead of completing the deal, and it's believed the Italian side will be paying roughly £1.4million for the season-long loan.

Unlike Szczesny's deal, there is an option to make Salah's loan permanent this time next year and that fee is believed to be around £14m.

Mourinho Confirms Deal

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho all-but confirmed the deal earlier in the summer after confirming Salah doesn't belong at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea boss said: "He doesn't belong to my squad and he's not staying here. The important thing is that he plays like he did at Fiorentina, so [I'm] happy with him going on a loan.

"Italian football is difficult football to play, especially for attacking players. So if it's not Fiorentina it's Roma or Inter or Juve - I don't know. Maybe he has a loan. He's a good boy and a good player. He needs more top-level football so I'm happy with any decision him and the club make."

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