Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina ‘very close’ to Arsenal move
Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina is ‘very close’ to joining Arsenal, according to reports in South America.
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 whose contract expired last month.
Signing back-up for current No.1 Wojciech Szczesny is a top priority for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger after the departure of Fabianski while and Emiliano Viviano’s loan spell with the club also finished in May.
Argentine news outlet Varsky Sports tweeted earlier this evening that Ospina is ‘very close’ to Arsenal, which backs up previous reports from British-based journalists who said he was the main goalkeeper target for the north Londoners.
Ospina, who speaks fluent French, is available for around £3m as his contract with French side Nice expires next season is boss Wenger’s preferred target for the role after impressing during the World Cup.
Former Atlético Nacional shot stopper Ospina is renowned for his phenomenal reflexes and athleticism, and would seem a logical addition, considering the current goalkeeping situation at Arsenal.
He made 29 league appearances last season and his efforts helped Nice avoid relegation on the final day of last season.