AS Roma will seriously consider terminating Wojciech Szczesny's loan deal if they can secure the signature of PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, reports the Mirror.
The Serie A outfit are already in talks with Sirigu and are confident of securing a deal ahead of the January transfer window. The Italian has lost his place to Kevin Trapp and his relationship with Laurent Blanc appears to have broken down.
Should Sirigu arrive in Rome, it is likely to spell a premature end to Szczesny's time at the Stadio Olimpico. There is a clause in the contract that will allow Roma to terminate the season-long loan in January, but they will have to pay Arsenal a fee.
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However, that fee is significantly less than the wages they would have to pay the Poland international, making an early return to north London the most likely scenario if he becomes surplus to requirements.
But he is unlikely to receive a warm welcome from Arsene Wenger and Co. The Gunners have found a firm first-choice in summer signing Petr Cech and David Ospina is currently playing back-up.
Arsenal would have to decide whether to keep Szczesny at the club, find him another loan deal or even potentially sell him on a permanent basis. Having failed to impress at Roma, few would be surprised to see Wenger finally cash in on the 25-year-old.
For a man who was once considered a long-term No.1 for the Gunners, Szczesny has failed to reach his potential. He certainly had every opportunity to do so.
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Wenger turned down the chance to sign Hugo Lloris from Lyon in 2012 to allow Szczesny to chance to develop, but he appeared to lose patience with his poor attitude last season.
Szczesny still has plenty of time on his hands, but there is a feeling amongst Arsenal coaches that he has missed his biggest chance to become a world-class performer. As a result, whether he returns to Arsenal in January or not, it is still unlikely that he will ever wear the shirt again.