According to reports in France, Arsenal FC have agreed a fee with Nice for the transfer of Colombian 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 expected to shortly announce David Ospina as their third signing of the summer.
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 and Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United. 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 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 believed 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 €4m million plus add-ons, 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, Arsenal and Nice have reached an agreement over the fee and Ospina will travel to London today to complete his medical and formalities. The Colombian international is expected to sign a five-year contract at the Emirates, as Arsenal beat competition from Valencia, who were also interested in the goalkeeper. Ospina will push Szczesny for the number one spot in the squad and considering his recent performances, it won’t be a surprise if Wenger chose to start with him.
— Sam (@samuelJayC) July 20, 2014