Italian outlet Calciomercato understands that SSC Napoli are supposedly weighing up a transfer swoop for Arsenal’s disregarded goalkeeper David Ospina, who could leave the Emirates in the summer in order to unearth irrefutable first-team action.
With Petr Cech and new signing Bernd Leno to contest with in his department, the Colombian stopper is effectively the club’s third-choice option between the sticks, and as he’s a recognised international, the 29-year-old would almost certainly have to pack his bags in order to locate invaluable game time on a regular basis.
The Serie A outfit replaced Maurizio Sarri, now of Chelsea, with former Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti, and it’s said that any proposed swoop for Ospina would balance on whether the Italian tactician wishes to identify a replacement for the injured Alex Meret or not, or indeed if he chooses to blood one of his back up brigade in the 21-year-old’s absence.
Now that Unai Emery seemingly has two worthy keepers at his disposal in Cech and Leno, it’s thought that the Spaniard would entertain offers for Ospina if they were to materialise.
Ospina, after a superb 2014 World Cup campaign, joined the Gunners from Ligue 1 side OGC Nice and has gone on to tally 70 appearances whilst attaining 27 clean sheets for the north-Londoners.
But, ultimately, the agile South American’s consistency and physicality has previously been placed under the microscope by both the fans and the media, and though he’s literally saved the day for his current employers previously in domestic competitions, doubts to whether he’s strong enough to compete in the Premier League have duly arisen.