Besiktas has reportedly stepped up its efforts to sign Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina following media reports that the Gunners will allow the Colombian to leave this summer.
Turkish newspaper Fotomac has claimed that the Black Eagles are set to make a loan bid for the in-form Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina. The newspaper also understands that Arsenal are likely to accept a £3 million offer for Ospina to leave permanently. Besiktas, though, are under a Financial Fair Play investigation, and may convince the Londoners on a loan deal.
Besiktas have been linked with the keeper for the majority of last season and nearly signed him in the winter transfer window in January. According to the Daily Star, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had reportedly blocked the move.
The Turkish champions struggled defensively last season and strengthening their defense would certainly be a top priority. The 27-year-old Colombian international struggled to get playing time at Arsenal ahead of former Chelsea star Petr Cech and is likely to consider the prospect of playing for the current champions of Turkey. The Colombian would also be a regular starter at the Turkish outfit.
Ospina has been in fine form for his country in the Copa America Centenario, where they finished 3rd after beating USA 1-0 in the 3rd place playoff. He managed to keep 3 clean sheets throughout the course of the tournament and was arguably Colombia’s best player alongside Real Madrid superstar James Rodriguez.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has urged his boss Arsene Wenger to reject the lure of managing the England National Team and remain with the Premier League club.
The FA has refused to rule out the possibility of the appointment of a foreign manager. Arsene Wenger’s club deal runs until next summer and is reportedly looking to the opportunity of managing the England National Team after his current deal expires.
Szczesny, who himself is likely to leave the Emirates, as Roma look to retain the player for another year on loan, has urged his Arsenal manager to continue the “fantastic job” he is doing at the Premier League club.
The 26-year-old said in an interview to express.co.uk,“I am sure he would be a great thing for England, but my main interest is Arsenal football club and I hope it doesn’t happen, for the sake of Arsenal, not for the sake of England. Obviously England had a disappointing time at Euro 2016 and changes will be made, but hopefully that will not affect our club. I hope it is something that will not happen because he is doing a fantastic job at Arsenal and I’d love to see him stay there.”
England National Team is without a manager after Roy Hodgson stepped down in the aftermath of a dismal performance at the European Championship. The English FA is looking to break the English curse with their next appointment and regard the French manager as a potential candidate. It remains to be seen whether Wenger is willing to leave Arsenal after a 20-year association with the club.