With only one senior goalkeeper in the squad, which was as a result of the departure of Fabianski to Swansea City and the expiration of Emiliano Viviano’s loan deal from Italian outfit- Fiorentina, Arsenal are nothing but short in the goalkeeping department.
To this effect, Arsenal are looking to promote a goalkeeper from within its ranks while purchasing an experienced shot stopper from outside. With reports suggesting Arsene Wenger could turn to Colombia’s World Cup No1 David Ospina to solve his goalkeeper problem.
Wenger has gathered scouting reports on a string of candidates, including Ospina, to back-up and compete with first choice goalkeeper at Arsenal – Wojciech Szczesny.
According to the Dailymail, it is reported that the Gunner boss is keen on bringing Colombia’s first choice goalkeeper-David Ospina to the Emirates, as the Frenchman was pleased with the performance of the 25-year-old for his country during their stint in the on going Fifa 2014 World Cup.
The shot stopper who featured in all 5 games during his country’s World Cup campaign kept two clean sheets while conceding just 4 goals making himself a commanding figure between the sticks and proved to be a tough nut for opposing attackers to crack.
Ospina who is a brother-in-law to James Rodriguez is an archetypal Wenger signing as he’s a free agent after his contract with Nice of France expired at the end of the 2013/2014, and is at a relative young age for a goalkeeper.
It is believed that Wenger in his usual way has whispered some words into the player’s ear and the player himself is quite now convinced that he would be an Arsenal player come next season.
The Colombian could be available for around £3million from Nice, making him better value than alternatives such as Cardiff’s David Marshall, that seems a no-go at the relegated Welsh club’s £10m asking price. As well as Alex McCarthy of another Championship side, Reading, who would cost around £6million.