For weeks now we’ve been hearing that Wojciech Szczesny is going to be a Juventus player. For weeks now we’ve known that Juventus’ new backup goalkeeper for the 2017-18 campaign is going to be the same goalkeeper Juve were trying to score on the past two seasons whenever they played Roma.
And now we know that Woj has landed in Turin.
Szezesny’s long-talked about and anticipated move to Juventus is soon to become official, with the Polish goalkeeper arriving in Turin on Tuesday morning and undergoing his medical examinations at J Medical. He is expected to be the first of a couple signings this week before Juventus head off to the United States for the International Champions Cup, with Milan fullback Mattia De Sciglio reportedly on his way back from China to himself finalize his deal with the Italian champions.
.@13Szczesny13 è arrivato al #JMedical pic.twitter.com/IL1CaxiQKe— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 18, 2017
But first, it’s Woj time.
.@13Szczesny13 already has a message for you all ⚪️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/HwXxJHcHv1— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 18, 2017
(Sidenote: Very nice denim jacket, Wojciech. It’s a nice touch.)
With reports coming late last week that Juventus wanted to wrap up the Szczesny deal before the U.S. tour began — something that makes a whole lot of sense so he can start training with his soon-to-be new teammates — the timing of the medicals make perfect sense.
Now we get to see what the man who many think will be the first starting goalkeeper at Juventus in a post-Gianluigi Buffon world will do. He’ll have a year to get used to Juventus, and Juventus will have a year to get used to him. He already knows Serie A, which is something that bringing somebody in from the outside isn’t exactly going to have on their résumé if they were to sign either this summer or next.
Wojciech Szczesny: Only Gianluigi Donnarumma (77.2%) had a better save success rate than Szczesny (75.3%) in Serie A last season (20+ apps) pic.twitter.com/9tc0G61CAh— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 18, 2017
If you’re the second to a goalkeeper who currently plays for the Italian national team who has the first name of Gianluigi, then it’s a pretty good thing.