It was widely expected that David Ospina would be leaving Arsenal to join Fenerbahce, but it seems the move has been thrown into doubt by a last minute price increase imposed by the club.
Via Sport Witness comes news that the Gunners jacked-up the transfer fee in spite of the Colombian keeper agreeing terms with them some time ago.
The Turkish side are now, reportedly, on the brink of signing Malaga, and former Espanyol, stopper Carlos Kameni.
The news comes as much about the goalkeeping situation at the club remains up in the air. Although Ospina’s departure would be no surprise, there’s still the issue of Wojciech Szczesny who has been linked with a move to Juventus.
This, despite having 12 months left on his current deal, being open to a stay at Arsenal, and on the back of an impressive season in Serie A in which he kept more clean sheets than any other keeper in the league.
Yesterday, it emerged that Emi Martinez has been earmarked for the role as Petr Cech’s understudy, so there’s clearly a lot to sort out still.
As ever though, summer stories need to be taken with a pinch of salt. It could be Arsenal’s fault for hiking up the transfer fee, or Fenerbahce putting that story out as they prefer to go in a different direction.
Either way though, it looks like Ospina will have to find another club if he is to get the move he desire this summer.