Besiktas, Arsenal Close To Agreement
David Ospina’s exit from Arsenal finally looks as though it will go ahead.
The Colombia international has been linked with a move away from the Emirates with Turkish side Besiktas in talks with the Gunners. Reports on Saturday claimed that the 29-year-old’s move was on the verge of being scuppered with the two clubs unable to agree a deal.
It seems that Besiktas are demanding a season-long loan move with an option to buy Ospina at the end of the season. Club president Fikret Orman is in London for talks with Arsenal and reports from Turkey quote the Besiktas supremo as saying the talks are going well.
Only the size of transfer fee next summer is stopping the move from going ahead. Arsenal want €8million (£7.1million). But debt-laden Besiktas want to get away with paying just €6million (£5.3million).
At the moment it’s a matter of ‘when’ rather ‘if’ the deal goes through. Ospina is believed to be open to the move as he has dropped to third spot in the Arsenal pecking order behind new keeper Bernd Leno and last season’s first choice Petr Cech.