Arsenal Want Permanent Transfer
David Ospina’s move away from Arsenal to Besiktas is in doubt according to reports from Turkey.
The Colombian keeper was reported to be on the verge of a loan move to the Super Lig side earlier this week having agreed terms with Besiktas.
But Turkish publication Sabah claims that reports the move is imminent are premature.
Ospina has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal with the arrival this summer of Bernd Leno from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Leno is expected to start between the sticks in Sunday’s season opener with Manchester City with Petr Cech on the substitutes’ bench. That means Ospina will be relegated to third-choice keeper with the prospect of little first-team football this season.
Sabah claims that Arsenal are only interested in a permanent transfer rather than a loan move. Besiktas are pushing for a season-long move.
Ospina is under contract at Arsenal until 2020. That means that if he does go out on loan he would return to the club still as third-choice keeper at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, coach Unai Emery claims Ospina is one of three players who could yet leave the club. The transfer window is still open in much of Europe despite having closed in England. The deadline in Serie A falls next Friday. In Spain, France and Germany clubs can sign players until 31 August. Clubs in the EFL can sign players on loan up to 31 August.
“We only have three players – Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell – with the possibility to leave,” Emery said at a press conference on Friday.