Ospina Set For Medical After Clubs Agree Terms
Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina will have a medical with Napoli today before completing a move to the Serie A club.
Ospina will join on an initial season-long loan with an option for the Italian club to purchase him on a permanent basis next summer.
Napoli president Aurelio di Laurentiis revealed to Naples radio station Radio Kiss Kiss on Wednesday morning that he was in talks over a move for the Colombian stopper. By the afternoon the deal was done. Napoli will pay an initial loan fee of €1million (£880,000). Ospina will undergo a medical in Rome.
The 29-year-old fell down the pecking order at Arsenal following the arrival this summer of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen in a £19million transfer. However, veteran keeper Petr Cech kept his place in the side for Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City with Leno taking Ospina’s old spot on the substitutes’ bench.
Napoli have been searching all summer for a replacement for Pepe Reina who left at the end of last season. Talks had taken place with Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet and there had been an approach by the agent of Standard Liege’s Guillermo Ochoa. But the Mexico international would have counted towards Napoli’s quota of non-EU players. Despite being a Colombia international Ospina is believed to have taken on French citizenship during a six-year spell at Nice.
The news will come as a disappointment to Turkish side Besiktas who had also been hoping to sign Ospina. The club’s president Fikret Orman was in London last week for talks over the deal. But the two clubs weren’t able to agree a redemption fee for when the initial loan expired next summer.
Ospina moved to Arsenal in a £3million transfer from Nice in 2014. But he was used mainly in cup matches. He made a total of 70 first-team appearances during his four years at the Emirates although only 29 of those were in Premier League games.