Arsenal are keen on striking a deal for World Cup star and Malaga goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa this summer, as he’s told his current club he wants to leave.
The Mexico international impressed in Brazil last summer and was a subsequent target for Arsene Wenger as Lukasz Fabianski’s departure necessitated the need to find someone to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsenal's race for Ochoa
However Ochoa ended up moving instead to Malaga when he left French club Ajaccio, and David Ospina was the man to arrive at the Emirates Stadium.
New reports - to be found in Metro - today though claim that Ochoa is less than happy at Malaga due to a stark lack of game-time, and he’s even reportedly told his club that he is looking to leave just a year after penning a deal.
Carlos Kameni is the man Malaga prefer in between the sticks, and with that not likely to change anytime soon the result is that his No.2 wants to seek greener pastures elsewhere.
Naturally it’s not just Arsenal that have their tails set to wagging concerning Ochoa’s availability, with Liverpool too said to be monitoring the situation with interest.
The faltering form of Simon Mignolet has been a major talking point thrown up whenever Brendan Rodgers’ side’s failings have been discussed this season, and a scenario wherein he is replaced, or at least offered more competition than Brad Jones can provide, is expected to play out.
However if it’s just a two horse race the Gunners look more likely to boast Champions League football come the summer, which should be enough to turn the tide in their favour. Though neither side currently occupies a top four position Arsenal have genuine pedigree in orchestrating late charges for those all-important spots, and if Wenger can secure qualification for Europe’s premier competition it will hand him a significant boost in the transfer market.
The futures of Szczesny and Ospina
What Ochoa’s arrival would mean for Szczesny and Ospina is another topic for debate entirely. The latter looks to have been handed the No.1 jersey thanks to his rival’s inconsistent performances, but there’s very few Arsenal fans out there who would back the theory that either one is good enough for a side that has aspirations of title contention.
Of the two Szczesny would perhaps command the bigger transfer fee, with his age and experience standing him in good stead for the future. A likely path of course is that Wenger would retain the services of one whilst dispensing of the other, though who falls into which category is a decision to be made in time.
Arsenal fans, would you like to see either Szczesny or Ospina sold? Or should both men be given the boot in favour of a fresh approach? Let us know in the comments box below...