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Arsenal could sell David Ospina to Fenerbahce

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Fenerbahce are prepared to make a £4m bid for David Ospina if and when Petr Cech completes his transfer to Arsenal, reports The Telegraph.

Ospina finished the season as Arsene Wenger's first choice goalkeeper after dropping Wojciech Szczesny in early January and his introduction to the team coincided with a sharp upturn in form.

However, despite impress statistics, there were concerns that the Colombia international struggled with the physical nature of Premier League football.

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With Chelsea star Cech likely to arrive from Chelsea at some point this summer, either Ospina or Szczesny is likely to leave the Emirates.

It now seems that Szczesny is ready to commit himself to the club whether or not Cech signs leaving Ospina facing a potential transfer to Turkey.

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One or the other

Arsenal paid £3m to sign the 26-year-old from Nice last summer and Wenger is likely to welcome the chance to make a profit, however small, on his investment.

Wenger is much more likely to keep Szczesny than he is Ospina simply because the Frenchman has invested so much into the Pole's development since first bringing him to the club nine years ago.

The right decision

Ospina, as mentioned, has impressed at times during the latter half of the season, but seems to have reaped the benefits of an improving defence rather than becoming a safeguard at the back for Arsenal.

At a questionable six-foot tall, the Colombian does not cut a commanding figure when crosses come in and has regularly elected to punch when a taller, stronger goalkeeper would catch.

While he did well when given the chance, his shortcomings will be exposed by opposition as they become more apparent.

While £1m is not a tremendous return and certainly won't cover his wages over the last 12 months, it will probably be Wenger's only chance to make a decent return on what was always going to be a short-term solution to a big problem.

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