The majority seem to think we need a new goalkeeper this season, with Chelsea’s Petr Cech looking the most likely acquisition, according to The Telegraph.
Arsene Wenger is apparently looking at other options however, and is weighing up a £15m move for Galatasaray shot-stopper Fernando Muslera, as reported by Italian publication Tutto Mercato Web.
The 28-year-old has been solid for the Turkish giants, and helped guide them to yet another league title this season. He isn’t the same standard as Cech, but is an excellent goalkeeper nonetheless.
The question is though, would he be an improvement on Wojciech Szczesny or David Ospina?
The Polish international has always shown glimpses of greatness, and certainly has the quality to be a top goalkeeper. He lets mistakes creep into his game however, and if there is one player on the pitch you need to be able to rely on, it’s the man between the sticks.
In stark contrast, Ospina is as reliable as they come. You can usually count on him to put in a solid performance, although he arguably lacks the raw talent – and physical attributes – of Szczesny.
£15m seems a little steep for Muslera, especially as he may not be all that much of (if at all) an improvement on our current crop. The report suggests we are facing competition from Manchester United for his signature, and I say let them have him. If we are on the hunt for a new shot-stopper then we can do better, and there is no reason to start spending foolishly just because we have the financial power to do so.