Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports Napoli have given up on signing Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after being told by the Gunners that the Polish international has his heart set on a move to Juventus.
Speaking on Italian radio station Radio Marte (via MondoNapoli.it), Di Marzio revealed that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had personally called Arsenal to ask about Szczesny’s situation, only to be told that the 27 year old would likely be moving to Juve:
“De Laurentiis himself contacted Arsenal [about] Szczesny, but there was nothing to be done: the Polish keeper has already chosen Juventus.”
It is believed that Juventus have still yet to agree a transfer fee with the Gunners. Tuttosport are reporting that the Bianconeri are waiting to sell their current number two goalkeeper Neto before reinvesting the money into buying Szczesny.
The Italian newspaper says that Juve hope to get €10-€12m for Neto, with Napoli themselves one of the player’s potential destinations, but with Arsenal holding steadfast on their €15million so far, the keeper’s move to Turin is still by no means guaranteed.