Corriere dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) The bottom 4 teams in Serie A are in a league of their own. If Empoli, who have picked up 1 point in the least 8 games, still have a 7 point lead over Palermo and 8 over Crotone, 18th and 19th in the table respectively, it means that there is very little quality below them. But, if we continue to look at Empoli, there’s still something (someone) that can be rescued from this tense and laboured season. That is Lukasz Skorupski, who turns 26 in May, the Polish goalkeeper currently in his 2nd season with the Tuscan club, his 1st with Martusciello after the one under Giampaolo. If they avoid relegation, he will celebrate setting a historic record with Empoli: the Azzurri have never before remained in Serie A for 4 seasons in a row. And if they achieve it, a large part of the achievement is down to him. For the penalties, but also for his performances in an excellent season.
In an interview with Sportowefakty, Lukasz Skorupski – who is currently on loan at Empoli from Roma – has stated that he will not return to the Giallorossi to be second choice to Wojciech Szczesny, should the Polish number 1 be signed permanently from Arsenal in the summer.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) At the end of the season Roma will exchange their Polish goalkeepers. Szczesny will go back to Arsenal and after proving his worth in his second season with the Giallorossi will take Cech’s place, who will no longer be first choice despite being under contract with the Gunners until June 2019. In August, Arsenal set Roma’s option to buy Szczesny at €16 million, as well as making them pay nearly all his salary. The Giallorossi will never pay that amount to buy him permanently, and the keeper himself has always considered Rome to be a temporary home and is convinced he can one day go back to London to be first choice. A discussion with Wenger before he left for Italy gave him added hope.
Il Tempo (Adriano Serafini) It’s happened again, and once more it comes with a grudge. If we look back at the club’s recent history, it certainly isn’t difficult to think of former players (or even players who were still owned by the club) who have gone from being unhappy at Roma to being able to put a spoke in the Giallorossi’s wheels.