Arsenal have announced the signature of David Ospina from Nice for an undisclosed fee.
The Colombian goalkeeper, who featured for his country during the World Cup last month in Brazil, was one of the best stoppers of the tournament.
With many goalkeepers having fantastic tournaments, Ospina was near the top of the list of those who performed at their best throughout. Along with the stunning performances from the rest of the team, especially James Rodriguez, Colombia managed to reach the quarter finals, only narrowly losing out to hosts Brazil. Ospina only conceded four goals throughout the whole tournament, the lowest out of the South American teams.
The 25-year-old moves to the Emirates after spending six years at Nice, making 189 appearances for the French side. At the end of last season, the goalkeeper told Nice that he would not be extending his contract, instead looking for a new challenge.
The international star, who has 48 international caps, is believed to have moved for a rumoured fee of around £3 million. The Nice coach Claude Puel, said after the deal that Arsenal had purchased a keeper with “quality” going on to say that the Gunners had managed to bring in a very good player.
The goalkeeper also tweeted following the completion of the deal to say thank you to the Nice fans for their support in the six years he was there as well as saying he will always remember how they made him feel whilst at the club. Ospina went on to say that his move to Arsenal is a dream move, one that fulfils his dreams and one that marks “an important day” in his career as well as completing a “neat story.”
Ospina is expected to make his debut for the club during the Emirates Cup, held at the Emirates stadium this weekend. Arsenal face Benfica before a possible showdown with either Monaco or Valencia.
The goalkeeper becomes the third major signing of Arsenal’s summer following the transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle. Arsenal also confirmed the signing of Calum Chambers from Southampton yesterday.
Ospina will be in competition with Wojciech Szczesny for the first choice goalkeeper place, with the Pole having been the number one keeper for several seasons.
Ospina is Szczesny’s biggest challenge for the number one jersey since he joined the first team in 2007. If Ospina can produce the form that he did during the World Cup, he could easily become a fan favourite and alongside the other new signings, could propel the team beyond their favoured fourth place finish.