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Arsenal in advanced talks with Khedira and Ospina

Arsenal remain locked in advanced negotiations with Sami Khedira and David Ospina, as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.

The Gunners are in the market for a new defence-minded midfielder and goalkeeper, with Mikel Arteta set be used sporadically next season, and Arsene Wenger believes the duo are the perfect men for the job as he builds a squad capable of challenging on all fronts next season.

Reports in Spain claim that Arsenal have already had a £28m bid accepted by Madrid for midfield lynchpin Khedira who is said to be ‘keen’ at the idea of playing under Wenger alongside his German World Cup winning compatriots Mesut Özil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.

Colombia goalkeeper Ospina, who speaks fluent French, was one of his country’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 departures of Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano. A fee in the region of £3m has been accepted by Ligue 1 side Nice and personal terms are also expected to be agreed within the coming days.

Wenger’s side, as previously revealed on Gooner Talk, are also hopeful of bringing Atletico Madrid youngster Javier Manquillo to the club, while the signing of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle will now be completed before the end of the week after the Magpies signed Holland star Daryl Janmaat as a replacement.

Meanwhile, Egyptian international Ahmed Fathy is set to link up with Arsenal for pre-season training after being invited on a month-long trial by the club. The 29-year-old versatile defender is now free to leave Al Ahly, and Gunners boss Wenger has given Fathy the chance to link up with Arsenal for the second time after he had a trial period over a decade ago.

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