Report: Arsenal £6m transfer on the cards, £40,000-a-week deal on the table
By Matt Farr
European giants Fenerbahce have entered the race to sign Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, according to a report.
Turkish news outlet Fanatik claim that the 28-year-old stopper could be set to make a £6million move to the Super Lig in the summer, after finding first team opportunities at the Emirates limited.
It is further reported that Fenerbahce are set to place four-year deal on the table to the Colombia international, which would see him take home £2.1million per year, equivalent to £40,000-a-week.
Ospina looks certain to quit the Premier League this summer having spent much of his time at the club playing second fiddle to No.1 stopper Petr Cech.
He joined the club after an impressive showing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but has since made just 44 appearances in all competitions.
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He was handed only his second Premier League appearance of the season in the 2-2 draw to Manchester City on Sunday, but has featured more regularly for the club in the Champions League.
However, given their exit from the competition last month, Ospina is likely to see his opportunities restricted once more.
But he could be offered a fresh start in Turkey with Fenerbahce, who are looking for a long-term successor for 35-year-old Volkan Demirel.
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The deal would suit both parties. Ospina is likely to be one of a number of players heading out of the club this summer as part of a major squad overhaul, and he could easily become a first team regular at another top club in Europe. Plus, with Wojciech Szczesny in line to return to Arsenal at the end of his loan spell with AS Roma, the Colombian may have seen himself fall even further down the pecking order. A move would save him from rotting away on the sidelines, and Fenerbahce could help him kickstart a career which has stuttered since his arrival in north London.
In other Arsenal transfer news, a report has revealed that Arsenal failed in their attempts to land this £15million-rated Premier League enforcer.