Last month the Turkish press were so sure that David Ospina would complete a move to Fenerbahce that speculation linking the Colombian with any other clubs cowered into submission.
A deal had been agreed with Arsenal and the player would sign after the Copa America. Or so they said. Since then it’s gone deathly quiet in Istanbul. We can only assume the local hacks have been entranced by Poldi’s hashtagging.
The Ospina narrative then took a twist last night with the Daily Mail carrying a quote in which the player hinted he’s not giving up on his Emirates career.
“I have always had to fight for the title position at all of my clubs,” he says.
“You expect a big club like Arsenal to improve the squad but you must always impress the manager in training.”
The statement, which we’ve yet to verify, lands at the same time as rumours mount that Everton could launch a bid for Ospina.
Both the English and Colombian press – we’re assuming the latter are following the former’s lead – carry stories claiming Roberto Martinez wants to sign the 26-year-old to challenge veteran Tim Howard next season in a deal that would see the Gunners scoop a tidy profit on the €4 million paid to Nice last summer.
Figures bandied around go as high as £12 million…which seems a bit fanciful to us.
All we know for sure is that Ospina is on holiday until 27 July and will likely miss the start of Arsenal’s domestic campaign. The man certainly deserves his time off after a cracking second half of the season that ended with him making Lionel Messi want to die.