Arsenal Blow As Spaniard’s Make Late Bid To Hijack Deal For Colombian International

By on July 18, 2014

The summer transfer window is now open for business and it’s expected to be a busy few weeks as managers strengthen their squads ahead of next season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Gooner Mac brings us news on David Ospina.

It looks like Arsenal now face stiff competition for the signature of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina with reports in France claiming that Valencia are one of three clubs to make late moves for the Nice stopper.

Arsene Wenger is on the look-out for another keeper to offer competition to Wojciech Szczesny next season following the departure of Lukasz Fabianski, and while a number of names have been linked, Ospina has emerged as a key target.

Reports this week have suggested that we were negotiating personal terms with the 25-year-old after supposedly agreeing a £3million fee with Nice, and some media outlets were hinting it was only a matter of time before Ospina would complete a move to the Emirates.

However, it seems we are at risk of missing out as French outlet L’Equipe are claiming today that three clubs have now made late bids to hijack our move by putting forward proposals to the Colombian international.

The newspaper states that as well as a Mexican team and a fellow La Liga side, Valencia are among those to have made their interest known, so the Spaniard’s are likely to be our major competition for his services.

Ospina has just one-year remaining on his current deal at Lille, which explains why he is available for just £3m, and he put himself firmly in the shop window with some excellent displays at the World Cup this summer.

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I’d be delighted if we could get this deal over the line and bring him in as support to Szczesny, but the decision may come down to whether the player would be content at being a No.2 at Arsenal or prefer playing regularly elsewhere.

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