Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set to seal a move to Juventus after the Italian champions revealed the Poland international had arrived in Turin on Tuesday for a medical.
Juve confirmed on the club’s Twitter account that Szczesny, who will likely serve as back-up to Gianluigi Buffon, was in Italy ahead of a move worth up to 15 million euros ($17.4 million).
The 27-year-old has spent the past two seasons on loan at fellow Italian side Roma, and last played for the Gunners in their 4-0 FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa in May 2015.
Szczesny was a regular for Roma during his loan spell and played 38 Serie A games last season as the capital club finished second behind Juventus.
He made his Arsenal debut in a League Cup clash in September 2009 – the first of his 132 appearances for the Gunners.
Juve are also expected to conclude a 12-million-euro deal to sign Italy defender Mattia De Sciglio from AC Milan, with the 24-year-old due in Turin on Wednesday, according to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Old Lady last week brought in Brazilian winger Douglas Costa on loan from Bayern Munich, while agreeing to sell Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan for an estimated 40 million euros.
Sky Italy: Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on his way to Turin to sign for Juventus. €11- €12. Most clean sheets in Serie A last season— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 17, 2017
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Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti rubbished suggestions on Tuesday that James Rodriguez was signed to replace misfiring German international Thomas Muller.
The Colombian last week joined the Bundesliga champions from Real Madrid on a two-year loan that some have interpreted as a threat to Muller, who is coming off the back of a poor season by his high standards.
Rodriguez too has something to prove after losing his place at Real, and Ancelotti – who managed him in Spain – expects the 26-year-old to hit the ground running.
Rodriguez gives the Italian coach a broad range of options in midfield and attack.
But speaking in Shanghai on the eve of a pre-season glamour friendly with Arsenal and with Muller next to him, Ancelotti told a press conference: “Of course we did not buy James to replace Thomas Muller.”
“It’s clear because if we think this, we also think James can replace Thiago (Alcantara) because James can play in offensive midfield, and we think because James can play on the right, that he can replace (Arjen) Robben and (Franck) Ribery.”
“James can also play on the left and as a midfielder… we did not buy James to replace anyone. We bought James to have a better team and with James we have a team with better quality.”
”But James also knows that if he does not deserve to play, he does not play.”
The capture of James has not gone down well in some quarters among Bayern fans because, despite his struggles last season in front of goal, Muller remains hugely popular.
The 27-year-old, who like Rodriguez can play in several forward positions, shrugged off the increased pressure for places.
“We are here and James is here to break the rumours and he gives the team more options, and I am sure the coach is happy to have him here and have more options in the future,” said Muller, smiling broadly.
“James is a very good player who will help us improve the team.”
Various reports claim that Paris Saint-Germain is set to pay the €222m it would take to wrestle Neymar away from Barcelona.
Marca believes the Ligue 1 side are keen to bring the Brazilian star to the French capital in what would be a world record fee.
Meanwhile, Sport have suggested that the 25-year-old has grown tired of living in Lionel Messi’s shadow and believes his development lies elsewhere if he is going to be the best player in the world.
On Tuesday evening, Brazilian network Esporte Interativo exclusively reported that Neymar has accepted PSG’s proposal and the deal will be announced soon, within two weeks.
At PSG, Neymar would have the opportunity to be the team’s main man as they compete for Champions League glory.