OGC Nice goalkeeper David Ospina is attracting interest from Premier League side Arsenal, who are reportedly preparing a bid, according to The Telegraph.
After pursuing Cardiff’s Scottish goalkeeper David Marshall, it appears that a valuation of £10 million has priced Arsenal out of a move for the Cardiff stopper, meaning Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has now turned his attentions to Columbian Ospina, as a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski.
Nice keeper Ospina starred for an exciting Columbian team that made it to the quarter final stage of the World Cup in Brazil, and the fact that the 25 year old is available for as little as £3million will significantly attract Wenger to signing the Columbian.
The signing of Ospina would provide direct competition for the current Arsenal No. 1, Poland international Wojciech Szczesny, who has failed to convince since ousting Fabianski from the Arsenal starting eleven. Szczesny found himself unceremoniously dropped from the Arsenal first team at the tail end of the 2012-13 season after a disappointing run of form, and missed out on playing last season’s FA Cup final win, after Wenger chose to keep faith with Fabianski, who had played in every round prior to the final.
Along with the expected signings of Newcastle United full back Mathieu Debuchy and Athletico Madrid full back Javi Manquillo, plus the signing of Chilean World Cup star Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, Wenger appears to really mean business in this summer transfer window.
The sale of Ospina will definitely represent a body blow to OGC Nice, a club which he joined in 2008. Prior to that, Ospina began his career at Columbian team Athletico National, where in three seasons he made 97 appearances, before transferring to Nice for 2 million Euros. Ospina turned out for many of the Columbian youth teams before making his international bow in the 2007 Kirin Cup as a substitute against Uruguay.
He made history by becoming the second youngest goalkeeper to start for Colombia, when he made his first international start in a 2010 World Cup qualifying match against Bolivia. The 2014 World Cup was where Ospina really made his mark, with superlative performance after superlative performance alerting Wenger of Ospina’s capabilities between the sticks.
With Ospina’s refusal to sign a new deal at OGC Nice, the French club will have to face up to life without the Columbian when they begin the 2014-15 looking to improve on their disappointing 17th place from last season, a season where they secured their lowest ever points tally since their return to Ligue 1 in 2002.
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