Arsenal are hoping to complete the signing of David Ospina this week, according to the most recent transfer speculation.
Colombia goalkeeper Ospina - who raised his profile considerably with a string of impressive performances at the recent World Cup in Brazil - was last week revealed as Arsene Wenger's preferred target to replace the recently departed Lukasz Fabianski at the Emirates Stadium and, according to The Daily Mirror, the Frenchman is looking to tie up a bargain £3 million deal in the next few days.
Most positively for Arsenal supporters, the same source further suggests that Wenger himself has already conducted preliminary discussions with Ospina's camp over a potential switch to Arsenal, with the 25-year-old's representatives supposedly believing that he is ready to make the move from lowly Ligue 1 outfit Nice.
The addition of a new goalkeeper appears to have been a priority for Arsenal for a number of weeks now, with Wenger having been left rather short of competition for current first-choice Wojciech Szczesny following Fabianski's defection to Premier League rivals Swansea in May and the return of loanee Emiliano Viviano to parent club Palermo.
Given the way in which he demonstrated his obvious ability during his country's stellar World Cup showing, Ospina - believed to be available for such a cheap and affordable price due to his current contract situation at Allianz Riviera - would appear to represent a real upgrade on Fabianski.
Indeed, while the Polish international never truly managed to establish himself ahead of his compatriot in the pecking order in North London, one would imagine that Ospina is more than capable of competing with Szczesny for a regular starting berth in the Premier League and would not simply be content with the occasional cup appearance.
Latest impressive deal?
Ospina's imminent arrival would represent the latest deal of a somewhat whirlwind fortnight for Arsenal on the transfer front.
With the club believed to be on the verge of completing a deal for Newcastle full-back Mathieu Debuchy, Wenger has also received widespread adulation for his part in ensuring the arrival of Chile star Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.
Ospina's arrival would perhaps not generate as much excitement as that of Sanchez, but he could nevertheless play a vital role in the Gunners' pursuit of their first top-flight title since 2004.
Arsenal fans, do you believe Ospina would be a good signing for such a small fee? Would he eventually replace Szczesny? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comment box provided below.
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