Season-Long Loan Deal For Keeper
Arsenal keeper David Ospina is set to go on loan to Besiktas.
Reports of a move to the Turkish side emerged on Thursday afternoon when it was claimed that he had agreed personal terms with Besiktas. But it was thought at that time that he would be moving on a permanent deal.
Arsenal were keen to make Ospina’s switch permanent but Besiktas were pushing for a season-long loan. Representatives from the Istanbul side travelled to London earlier this week and they appear to have got their way. The move hasn’t been finalised as yet although the transfer deadline in Turkey isn’t until the end of the month.
Ospina has two more years left on his Arsenal contract. He still faces the prospect of returning to the club as third-choice keeper when his loan spell in Turkey comes to an end next summer. The arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen in June has pushed both Ospina and Petr Cech down the pecking order with Germany international Leno expected to be first choice.
It was a quiet deadline day for Arsenal with Ospina the only piece of business done. It was a far cry to the Arsene Wenger era when the last day of the summer window was often the only time that any business was done at the Emirates.
But all the club’s signings were made early on in the summer this year giving new coach Unai Emery time to work with pretty much the whole of his squad following their return to pre-season training early last month.