According to a report in Italian publication Il Mattino, Napoli have told Arsenal that they will sign David Ospina this month if the club lowers the asking price agreed for the end of the season.
The Serie A side signed the keeper on a season-long loan last August knowing the Colombian would become their player outright for €3.5 million either in the summer or when he hit the 25 appearance mark.
So far, Ospina has made 15 appearances, including all six of their Champions League games, keeping four clean sheets. While he’s not exactly set the world alight, the Neapolitans seem happy enough with his performances to accept he’s worth a permanent deal.
Whether Arsenal will accept a lower fee depends on how desperate we are to recoup cash that could be spent on a new player this month. Obviously, it’s well known we’re on the lookout for a defender or two.
While Ospina has few fans at the Emirates, he is an established international who, at 30-years-old, has several years of football ahead of him. In this day and age, going lower than the original asking price would be practically giving him away for free.