In an interview following his £3million move from Nice to Arsenal, goalkeeper David Ospina revealed that he hoped other players from his homeland would join him at the Gunners in the future.
“I’m expecting to do very well so other Colombian players can also come here,” Ospina said.
And for those Arsenal fans who keep up to date with the constant swirl of transfer rumours racing past their eyes at this time of year, they will know that one such Colombian has been regularly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
That player is Ospina’s international teammate and current FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez, who has previously gone on record to reveal that he would love to play for Arsenal.
But despite those comments and Ospina’s own hopes that he will be joined by his compatriots in the future, the latest report suggests Jackson may not be one of them.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola claims the striker is attracting serious interest from French side Monaco, who have plenty of cash to spend following the sale of James Rodriguez to Real Madrid.
As a result the report claims Jackson’s €40million release-clause would be no obstacle, and the player who has been linked with a whole host of clubs in recent times could be off to France.
It could be argued that now is the best time for Porto to cash in on a player who impressed not only for his club last season but also for his country at this summer’s World Cup.
But with Arsenal still reportedly seeking another out-and-out frontman this summer, could they still provide competition to the free-spending French outfit?