Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is ready to listen to offers in search of first-team football and has been linked with a possible move to Turkish club Besiktas.
Ospina pushed Wojciech Szczesny down the pecking order mid-way into 2014/2015 season but suffered the same fate with the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea last summer and he seems desperate to leave the Emirates Stadium.
Reports from Turkey, as per Talksport via Fanatik, have it that Besiktas are ready to offer the Colombian International an escape route from Arsenal and have invited him for discussion about a move to the club this summer.
The former Nice shot-stopper was limited to just 13 appearances last season, four of which were in the Premier League when Cech was injured. The 27-year-old has grown frustrated of playing second fiddle to Peter Cech and wants to move to a club where the first-team action is guaranteed.
Szczesny has extended his loan stay at AS Roma by another year; Ospina’s exit will put the goalkeeping department in a dilemma as Petr Cech will be only experienced keeper at the club.
Ospina joined the North London team from Nice on a long-term deal in 2014. I personally think he deserves a chance at the Emirate Stadium. Manager Arsene Wenger’s squad also needs the necessary athleticism and aggression in the middle of their back four.
The reports have it that Arsenal linked with highly-rated Kalidou Koulibaly has been rife in recent days. Since the completion of Granit Xhaka signing, the North London club has been heavily linked with a move for the Senegal international, as Arsene Wenger plans to strengthen the defence.
The Telegraph reported that Arsenal is ready to offer the Italian club £20 million for the services of the centre-back. The 24-year-old has emerged as one of the best defenders in the Serie A and was in impressive form for the Naples last season as they finished as runners-up in the league.
Wenger wants to sign a defensive partner for Laurent Koscielny ahead of next season. Per Mertesacker has a year left on his contract at Arsenal and his form as well as that of Gabriel Paulista are not encouraging.