Arsenal are set to sign Nice goalkeeper David Ospina in the coming week if this report from the Daily Star is to believed, with the Gunners agreeing terms with the French outfit.
Arsene Wenger requires a shot stopper to compete with Wojciech Szczesny after the departure of Lukasz Fabianski on a free transfer, with the only other senior option being the inexperienced youngster Damian Martinez.
Ospina has been made the Gunners top target after a solid World Cup with Colombia, and with his current terms set to expire with Nice next summer, he is available for a reasonable £3million.
Reports in France are suggesting a deal has been agreed between the clubs, with personal terms currently being negotiated. The transfer could be announced as early as next week as Wenger looks to add to his two solid signings of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy.
We have yet to hear any official confirmation or direct quotes from any of the parties involved, so we will have to take the report with a pinch of salt. However hopefully this deal does eventuate as it will relieve some of the pressure in the clubs search for a goalkeeper.
The 25-year-old has made 177 appearances for Nice in his six years with the club, earning 44 caps for Colombia in the process. The 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) high goalkeeper fits the bill for Arsenal who require someone with plenty of experience who can challenge Szczesny for the No1 shirt, but still has the potential to grow and develop.
He has certainly earned plenty of plaudits for his performances at the World Cup however outside of that he has been relatively unknown to us. For £3m it would be a smart bit of business.
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