As Arsenal’s search for a goalkeeper continues, following the departure of Lukas Fabianski, reports have emerged that the club is closed to signing Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina from French side Nice. The 25 year old goalkeeper has made over 177 league appearances for Nice since he joined them in 2008.
The report claims that a fee of €4 million has been agreed by both clubs, and there are also talks that he is expected for a medical later this week. Going by the development of this particular report as well as how the club has conducted it transfer business this close season, the hierarchy at the Highbury House deserve some measure of praise for this achievement.
Although there was hue and cry at the beginning of the summer at the slow pace of transfer activity from the club, still, there was some de facto transfer activity particularly with the £10 million garnered from selling Carlos Vela’s full rights to Real Sociedad. And the £5 million the club got from the Cesc Fabregas, which represent an outlay of £15 million gotten from the sales of players not in the books of the club.
Arsene Wenger, Ivan Gazidis and Dick Law who are both Manager, CEO and Chief transfer negotiator respectively have all come in for severe criticism over the years because of their inertia attitude to transfers, but so far, this summer has been different with the way negotiations have been handled especially with the transfer of Alexis Sanchez, a signing that meant the club had to overcome competitions from other clubs for it to sign the Chilean.
The David Ospina deal which is put €4 million according to reports is a departure from the common market trend of high transfer fees, especially when the age of the goalkeeper (25) and international status are considered vis-à-vis the price. This is against the backdrop of the £13 million Liverpool spent to sign Simon Mignolet from Sunderland last season. It means the club would have done a good piece of business by bringing in an international goalkeeper who starred at the World Cup for Colombia.
It important to lay accolades at the steps of those who are changing the dynamics with which they handle transfers from the way it was done in the past. With the transfer season still in July, it is looking good for Arsenal so far on the players in front.