According to French regional Nice Matin, Arsenal have agreed a €4 million fee with Ligue 1 side Nice for Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.
The 25-year-old, who starred for his country at this summer’s World Cup, is out of contract next year at the Allianz Riviera and favours a switch to North Londn above offers from Valencia and a club in Mexico.
On Saturday Arsene Wenger reaffirmed his intention to bring in new blood between the sticks after watching Wojciech Szczesny and Damien Martinez play 45 minutes each in the friendly victory over Boreham Wood.
After a week of rumours, it’s thought that negotiations with all parties are advanced and that the deal could be done before Arsenal set off for the USA later in the week. That’s not to say Ospina will take part in the New York jaunt, he’s still on his holidays following his exploits in Brazil.
A drop in the poo-ometer is in order.
UPDATE (11.35am GMT) – Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivère spoke to French radio last night (Le Parisien link here) about talks with Arsenal. “There is no agreement yet but we’re not far,” he’s quoted as saying.
It looks as though this could be done sooner rather than later.