Arsenal completes transfer move for Colombia's goalkeeper Ospina
JUL 26, 2014 2:35p ET
Nice coach Claude Puel told Sky Sports News after a friendly against Brentford: "It's confirmed, yes. It's a good affair for Arsenal because he's a very good player. You will see next season the quality of this player."
Arsenal have not yet confirmed the signing but the move has been expected for some time, with the Gunners reportedly paying Nice just over £3million for Ospina.
With Lukasz Fabianski departed for Swansea, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants competition for Wojciech Szczesny. And Ospina, who had a hugely impressive World Cup with Colombia, will provide it.
"You know at the start Szczensy will be the No.1, then again we'll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play," the Gunners boss told ESPN.
Ospina becomes the third major arrival at the Emirates this summer, following the captures of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle. Sky sources believe Calum Chambers could be the fourth new signing with Wenger set to bid £16million for the Southampton defender.
Ospina, 25, played 135 French league games for Nice since joining them from Colombian side Atletico Nacional in July 2009. He had one year left on his contract at Nice, but reportedly rejected the offer of a new deal in May.