Arsenal are reportedly close to sealing a £3 million deal for Colombian World Cup goalkeeper David Ospina, according to reports in the Metro.
The 25 year old was one of Colombia’s star players during their run to the World Cup quarter-final and has been identified as a suitable replacement for Lukasz Fabianski, who left for Swansea last month after his contract expired.
The report suggests the Gunners are on the cusp of signing highly-rated Nice goalkeeper Ospina as the Colombian turned down a new contract before the tournament in Brazil, while the French club have made it clear he can leave.
The North London club are thought to be paying about £3 million for the stopper, who has just 12 months left on his contract.
Ospina enjoyed a successful World Cup campaign with his national side, the impressive South American outfit were unfortunate to be eliminated by hosts Brazil at the quarter finals stage of the tournament. The South American star is renowned for his phenomenal reflexes and is currently seen as one best goalkeepers in France and would seem a logical addition, considering the current goalkeeping situation at Arsenal.
There’s no doubt that Szczesny has done a good job over the last 12 months. He’s developed well, overcome his mentality issues and he’s now easily among the Premier League’s best shot-stoppers. However, the Pole will need proper competition if he’s to continue his top-drawer performances. He’ll need to feel that if he slips up, there’s somebody waiting in the wings to take his place in the first team.
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With Arsenal needing proper back-up, there are not many better options than the Colombian and with the price around £3 million, he would provide an excellent option.
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