David Ospina’s mooted Arsenal exit could be temporary rather than on a permanent basis with both Napoli and Besiktas reportedly interested in taking the keeper on loan this season.
The Colombia international is under contract at the Emirates until June 2020 meaning the Gunners aren’t under pressure to sell this summer, even though it’s thought to be the club’s preferred option.
Unai Emery seems set on letting Bernd Leno and Petr Cech fight it out for the number 1 shirt this season and having spent pre-season working with Emi Martinez, it looks like the Argentine could be this year’s third-choice.
Sky Italia claim Napoli are on the lookout for another keeper despite recruiting two this summer already. Alex Meret, signed from Udinese as a replacement for Pepe Reina, broke his arm in pre-season and fellow new boy Orestis Karnezis, also signed from Udinese, has looked a bit dodgy.
They think Ospina could do a job, although Mexico international Guillermo Ochoa, who is said to be willing to take a pay cut to join from Standard Liege, is another option.
As for the Besiktas interest? It’s tough to tell if it’s legitimate. A week rarely goes past without an Ospina-to-Turkey link.
While the transfer window shuts for Premier League clubs doing business between themselves on Thursday afternoon, clubs in the English Football League and across the rest of Europe can still sign players until the end of August. It means, there’s no rush to move Dave on, assuming he heads abroad.