Future of goalkeepers Petr Cech and David Ospina is hanging in balance after new signing Bernd Leno at Emirates. Arsenal have recently signed Bernd Leno for £22m transfer fee from German giants Bayer Leverkusen.
Bernd Leno and veteran Petr Cech are expected to compete for number one position for forthcoming season, resulting into potential departure for David Ospina. Last season’s third choice keeper Emiliano Martinez played recent friendly fixture for Arsenal and is hoping to stay as third choice keeper for upcoming 2018-19 season.
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) July 18, 2018
He can still play at higher level for another season and can keep Leno on bench for 2018-19 season but new manager Unai Emery is likely to play Leno in league matches and Cech in Europa league matches. Choosing first choice keeper for this season will be headache for new manager but offloading both Cech and David Ospina seems unlikely and hugely risky and foolish too.
Chelsea considering re-signing Petr Cech if/when they sell Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid. Chelsea also interested in Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Liverpool have made big move for other Chelsea target Alisson.
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 17, 2018
David Ospina is entering in his fifth season with London giants after signing from Nice for just £3m in 2014, his contract with Arsenal runs for another two years till end of 2019 season. He enjoyed his debut season at Emirates in 2014-15 after first choice goalkeeper Szczesny was sidelined and made ineffective with a suspension for his controversial smoking saga.has played every season since as the back up goalkeeper to Petr Cech and taking his place between the sticks for the Europa League and Cup Games every season.
However he never seemed strong and convincing enough to replace Petr Cech even though Cech’s performances have generated quite a few questions about his abilities due to his age and his erroneous decision making proving costly all too often.
So new goalkeeper was a priority at Emirates and that has been fulfilled recently with new signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.
David Ospina however during the world cup played all four of his matches for Columbia and even emerged as a hero in quite a few occasions for his country with the immaculate saves and performances at the World Cup 2018 and eventually saw themselves knocked out by England on penalties in last sixteen round despite having saved a brilliant penaty during the shootouts.
Even since Ospina has seen his future at Arsenal hugely clouded and obscured with strongs links and bids from Boca Juniors, Fenerbahce and Napoli emerging in the press very frequently.
The Sun reported, Argentine club Boca Juniors are closing on Ospina with fee around just £5m but with the player’s agent actively seeking other options right here in Europes top five leagues rather than back in South America.
Napoli are also interested in David Ospina as they have in hunt for two goalkeepers as their regular number one Pepe Reina has left recently. They have secured one goalkeeper young Italian Alex Meret already but manager Carlo Ancelotti is looking for another stiff competition for Meret and this move can be good deal for both parties.
David Ospina's agent to @CrackDeportivo: "David has contract for two more years with Arsenal. If there are no options in Europe, Boca is a great option because they are one of the top ten biggest teams in the world." pic.twitter.com/kauRyBQYZG
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) July 10, 2018
Another possible destination for David Ospina is Turkish giants Fenerbahce as Dailystar News has recently spotted Fenerbahce chiefs in London for a potential David Ospina move just like every other summer.
Arsenal are starting new chapter in their history with new manager Unai Emery and overhaul in squad. Fans will be eager to see who is going to start and bench in first match of season which is fixtured against league champions Manchester City on 12th August.
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