According to Sky Sports, Arsenal is close to completing a £3million deal to sign Colombia number one David Ospina. The 25-year-old was already a highly-rated keeper prior to the World Cup, but his performances in Brazil have raised his profile even further.
Ospina looked very solid as the South American’s reached the quarter-finals of the competition and were unlucky to exit the competition at the hands of the hosts Brazil.
Ospina has forged a big reputation in Ligue One with Nice, where he has become known as a very reliable keeper. Ospina has helped Nice to become a stable team in the French top-flight. Ospina has spent five years at the French club developing his talent.
Some may be sceptical about the keeper because his mooted fee is £3million, but there is a reason for that. Ospina has just one year left on his contract with Nice and informed the French outfit that he would not be renewing prior to the World Cup.
The fee looks like a very reasonable one for a keeper who looked solid in Brazil. No doubt Nice do not want to lose their talented keeper, but have had to accept that he wants to further his career.
As we all know at the moment Arsenal’s only senior keeper is Wojciech Szczesny, after Lukasz Fabianski joined Swansea on a free transfer and on-loan Emiliano Viviano returned to parent club Palermo.
A new keeper is now one of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s priorities. It seems that not only is Wenger signing a back-up for Szczesny, but he is signing competition for the number one spot.
Ospina seems like a keeper with big talent, so he is unlikely to move to Arsenal just to sit on the bench. The Colombian could give Szczesny a good run for his money for the number one spot at Arsenal, something that Fabianski never really seemed capable of.
Szczesny was joint-golden glove winner in the Premier League last season and enjoyed his best season in an Arsenal shirt. However, Arsenal signing Ospina will maybe ensure that Szczesny keeps working hard at his game and does not get complacent.
Everything about Arsenal signing David Ospina seems ideal. The keeper wants to further his career, Arsenal needs another quality keeper and the transfer fee is just £3million. Everybody wins in this deal apart from maybe Nice, who looked to have lost a very reliable for a measly fee by modern standards.
Would David Ospina be a good signing for Arsenal?