Arsenal are expected to complete the transfer of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina after agreeing fee with Ligue 1 outfit Nice, according to reports in Metro.
The 25 year old was part of the Colombian side which reached the quarter-finals of the tournament, only to lose to hosts Brazil, however his performances during the tournament caught the eye of potential suitors and it seems the Gunners are the first to make the move.
The North London club are in search for a new experienced goalkeeper to compete with Wojciech Szczesny next season, after letting Viviano return to Italy and Lukasz Fabianski joining Swansea on a free transfer.
The report suggests the Ligue 1 club have accepted a £3.2 million bid from the Gunners, with the deal set to be done in the next few days. Arsenal have been thought to have followed Ospina for the last few months but Arsene Wenger was convinced by his ability after his sparkling performances for Colombia at the World Cup.
The Colombian goalkeeper has been impressive in the last 12 months and has racked up some decent experience, managing 44 caps for his country and 177 games for Nice. At 6 feet, he is on the short side for a goalkeeper, but is well known for his impressive reflexes and agility between the sticks.
His speed, acrobatic and his confidence can certainly bring something to this developing Arsenal side. Wenger hasn’t possessed a goalkeeper who can continually challenge Szczesny in a long while due to Fabianski’s injury problems. Ospina’s talents are thought to be well-matched, and across recent times, he has arguably outperformed the current Gunners favourite.
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A lack of strength in squad depth halted Arsenal’s title charge after Christmas last season, but it seems Wenger isn’t willing to let the same happen again. The French boss now seems intent on ensuring his squad is packed with the quality to compete across all competitions and signing Ospina is a step in the right direction.
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