According to reports in France, Arsenal FC have reached an agreement with Nice regarding the transfer of goalkeeper David Ospina.
Arsenal have been linked to a host of goalkeepers this summer as they look to sign a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski and according to latest reports in France, the Gunners are close to signing Colombian star David Ospina from Nice.
David Ospina joined Nice in 2008 as Hugo Lloris left Allianz Riviera to join Lyon. The 25-year-old custodian established himself in the first team since his arrival and has already made 177 appearances in the league for the French club.
Ospina has produced some consistent performances for Nice in the last two seasons. He kept 12 cleans sheets in 28 league appearances for a side which narrowly escaped relegation in 2013-14.
But the Colombian international gained the spots lights recently for his performances in the World Cup for his national side as Los Cafeteros reached the quarter-finals of the tournament. Ospina pulled out some stunning saves during his stint in Brazil and now Arsene Wenger is keen on signing him.
The Gunners are expected to spend heavily on this transfer market and Arsene Wenger is planning on more additions after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. A new goalkeeper is at the top of Wenger’s priority list as they look for Lukasz Fabianski’s replacement. The Polish goalkeeper refused a contract extension and opted to join Swansea City in search of regular first team action and Arsenal are in need of new custodian.
Arsenal have already been linked with a host of names – from Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas to Nottingham Forest’s Karl Darlow. Arsene Wenger was also keen to sign David Marshall from Cardiff City, but was put off by their demands. Cardiff reportedly wanted £10 million for their player and Wenger believes he can get a better deal elsewhere.
David Ospina has been linked with the Gunners since the start of the World Cup and now reports in France suggest that Arsenal have reached an agreement with Nice for his transfer. The reported transfer fee is £3 million, which is extremely cheap for someone of Ospina’s quality, although he is in the last year of his current contract.
According to Nice Matin, Ospina will soon be unveiled by Arsenal and his arrival will mean that current number one Wojciech Szczesny will have a tough competition on hand to hold on to his place in the side.