The Gunners have agreed a fee of £3million with Nice for the shot stopper, who could link up with the squad for their U.S. tour in the coming days. Ospina has already agreed personal terms with the Premier League side, who have outlined the role they expect him to have. Arsenal will sign him for a cheaper fee than expected, due to the 25-year-old having just 1 year left on his contract in France.
Ospina kept 2 clean sheets in his 5 World Cup performances for Columbia, helping the nation reach the quarter-finals of the summer tournament, only to lose to hosts Brazil. The ‘keeper was unsurprisingly unable to deny David Luiz’s stunning free-kick in the 2-1 defeat.
Arsenal were hoping to sign Cardiff City’s David Marshall, but were unable to agree on a fee with the now Championship club. Ospina will come in to replace Lukasz Fabianski, who has joined Swansea. The Polish ‘keeper was used in Arsenal’s successful FA Cup campaign, saving two penalties in the semi-final against Wigan.
Until Ospina signs, Wojciech Szczesny is the only senior goalkeeper on the books at the Emirates, but is set to fight for a place in the first team when the Columbian joins the London club.