Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Nice’s goalkeeper David Ospina who could move to the Emirates for around £3million, according to The Guardian.
The Colombian put in some fantastic performances during Colombia’s run to the quarter finals in the World Cup before being defeated by hosts Brazil. Whilst new Real Madrid signing James Rodriguez rightfully earned many of the plaudits, some of the saves made by Ospina were equally important in their success. Ospina conceded the least amount of goals during the World Cup as the South Americans impressed in Brazil.
The 25-year-old had told Nice that he would not be extending his contact beyond next season, when it was due to expire. With Arsene Wenger looking for a back-up goalkeeper after the departure of Lukasz Fabianski to Swansea at the end of his contract, Ospina has been deemed to be a suitable target who could challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the number one jersey at the Emirates.
Ospina has made 177 appearances for Nice since his move from Colombian side Atletico National in 2008, becoming one of the highest rated goalkeepers in the league. If the Colombian did move to the Emirates, it would be another big boost for the fans who have already seen Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy arrive at the club, strengthen the squad from last season.
One player who will definitely not be joining the Gunners is Serge Aurier. The Ivory Coast international was linked with the club as a replacement for Bacary Sagna, after he moved to last season’s champions, Manchester City.
However, the 21-year-old, who also caught the eye of several Premier League clubs during a strong performance in Brazil at the World Cup, has joined with last season’s French champions PSG.