Arsene Wenger has ordered Arsenal scouts to keep a close eye on Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina as he mulls over a bid to sign him, reports the Metro.
The Gunners are in the market for a new goalkeeper after Lukasz Fabianski rejected a new contract and left to join Swansea City. With Emiliano Viviano returning to Palermo after an unfruitful loan spell, Arsenal now have just one recognised goalkeeper in the form of Wojciech Szczesny.
Although Wenger wants to keep the Polish shot stopper as Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper, he also understands the need to provide decent competition for Szczesny in order to aid his development.
Ospina, 25, has impressed during his six seasons with Nice and has already gathered over 40 caps for his country. However, he is still believed to be available for just £3.5m, which would be a drop in the ocean for Wenger and his £100m transfer budget.
However, despite having plenty of contacts in French football, Wenger is still not entirely convinced over Ospina's ability and is looking towards his performances in the World Cup.
If Ospina impresses, Wenger will launch a bid. Conversely, if he doesn't impress, he is likely to turn his attention towards other targets.
He is expected to be the first choice goalkeeper for Colombia, who are struggling to convince punters of their chances after Radamel Falcao failed to recover from a knee injury.