So far it has been a good transfer window for Arsene Wenger. Arsenal have signed two of his main targets in Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy. However, the deal to bring Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina to the Emirates could have hit a snag with the news that Spanish club Valencia have joined the race for the OGC Nice players signature.
Ospina was one of Colombia’s best players at the 2014 World Cup, and showed the world his class in helping his country get to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
His qualities are well-known to the fans of Ligue 1 side Nice, all too often the flying ‘keeper has been the savoir of Claude Puel’s side and they will be sad to see him leave the Allianz Riviera.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper now has a decision to make as apparently three different clubs have made an offer for him.
He could move to the Premier League and challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the No. 1 jersey at Arsenal, although to start with he will be a replacement for the outgoing Lukasz Fabianski, and not guaranteed the chance to start.
However, Ospina would have a similar battle at Valencia as their first-choice keeper, Diego Alvez, enjoyed a fairly good season last year and will not be up for relinquishing his spot so easily.
It comes down to what sort of future Ospina would like.
Arsenal are the biggest club that are interested, and there is no doubt that his abilities make him worthy of the fight with Szczesny in London.
From watching him grow with Nice over the last few years, yes he has had his disappointments, but he is definitely good enough to push Arsenal’s current No. 1 and he could make a case for becoming Wenger’s first-choice if he got his chance.
For only €4 million, Arsenal would be picking up a bargain. He still has a good 10 years left in him at the top, and he has the potential to be Arsenal’s long-term goalkeeper if Wenger doesn’t fully trust his current Polish No. 1.