Confirmed: Napoli sign David Ospina

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Arsenal have confirmed that David Ospina has joined Napoli on a permanent basis in a deal believed to be worth around €4 million.

The Colombia international was on loan at the Estadio San Paolo last year and made 24 appearances as he competed for a first team place with young Italian Alex Meret.

In truth, Ospina’s exit has been a long time coming. Having forced his way into the first team in 2014/15 as a result of Wojciech Szczesny’s exile, the Colombian initially did quite well keeping nine clean sheets in 22 appearances.

However, it didn’t stop the club from acquiring Petr Cech and since then he’s been experienced back-up, picking up an FA Cup medal in the 2017 win over Chelsea.

The signing of Bernd Leno last year was the final nail in the coffin and although we’re short on keepers we’ve not shown any interest in trying to keep him around with Emi Martinez expected to step up to the number 2 position next season. He leaves the Emirates having played a total 70 games.

Good luck to him in Italy.

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HelderHughes
HelderHughes

We really are the TK Maxx of selling goalkeepers.

ComeToSeeEboooue

OooooooospOuttaHereeeeeeee

Good luck to him, always quite liked him. Feigning injury at all times and making routine saves look like worldies

Martin
Martin

Why? Do you think an error prone keeper is worth more?

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Fabianski – Premier league regular – free
Ospina – Napoli 1st choice – 4M
Szczesny – Replaced the greatest goalkeeper of all time – 10M
Almunia – Free – Watford – Ok, still seems like they overpaid

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Except Ospina 100% isn’t Napoli’s first choice. He is Meret’s back up.

Mr. West
Mr. West

He isn’t. They rotated keepers per competition and he played a lot of games.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

They rotated Ospina & the other keeper when Meret was injured. When Meret got fit, he played almost all of the games. They only loaned Ospina after Meret’s injury in pre season.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Not so sure about that. He made 24 appearances for them last season. If he had make 25 they would have had to sign him for a higher fee. Think that’s the reason why Meret played the other games rather than that he’s above him in the pecking order. But time will tell.

SMH
SMH

They bought Meret first and injured himself during pre season, was out for the first half of the season. Meret was meant to be first choice and got Ospina after his injury.

IamaGoober

Whether or not we rate him.. he is Columbia’s number 1.

So an international goal keeper in this inflated market going for £4M is fairly hilarious selling from our perspective.

Perez going to Leicester for £30M and yet we can’t sell Ospina for £10M. I appreciate we are selling to Napoli not another Premier League Club, but still… £4M is awful business.

But what else is new? In other news water is apparently wet

Akari
Akari

Yet he was better than Szczesny every keeps talking about. Love how they put Ospina getting the nod after Szcz exile when it was Ospina taking his spot and him not being able to deal with being the second choice keeper

Stuey
Stuey

I hope he finds his neck out there…

Jack4343
Jack4343

Needs to eat some pasta…he will find that neck along with a few extra chins as well.

A Different George
A Different George

I posted something almost identical a while ago, but it happened again: Ospina played very well for Colombia in a Copa America match. Yes, he did go down injured for a while, but recovered.

Francesc
Francesc

Wow! Our transfer kitty just swelled by a whopping 8%! Great selling guys!! Can’t be happier!

A full international goal keeper in his best years with a record 98 caps for a leading South American country gets sold for a huge 4m!

4m is just huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge! Someone please help me get over this! I might die of too much joy here!

Fucking shit.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

2 years ago, we put Ospina on the market at 5m. 28 years old, not on big salary, 3 years left on his contract. No one was interested. 2 years later as a 30 year old with one year on his contract we sell him for not much less. I don’t know how you can blame the club for this. You can only sell someone for what the market deems him to be worth it’s done. We move on……and as for the international thing : can you name me another current Colombian keeper ?

JB_
JB_

It’s a pretty odd situation cause he’s obviously a decent goalie – and if he’s good enough for a top team like Napoli to consider, you’d think there would be more interest from other mid level European teams looking for a cheapish upgrade? But apparently not..

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

High wages….wasn’t that always the sticking point as to why no one was interested…pretty sure I saw an article on here about that last year when he was linked with Turkey…at least that myths died a death…now it begins again with Mustafi to Fenerbahce

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Unless you decide he’s worth 80m and then people have to pay that

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Apparently the fee is closer to £5m according to Charles Watts

Francesc
Francesc

He still should have gone for at least 10.

Regarding Colombian keepers, there may not be many who give ospina competition, buy he has been playing at the top level for them and there has been nothing wrong with his performances. Which means he is at least half decent.

Jack
Jack

Some people will complain about anything

Lettra
Lettra

Well he isn’t totally wrong but then again neither are you so good luck to Dave and good on the club moving him on for a semi ok fee despite Napolis Shenanigans.

henry
henry

We are just bad sellers. And bad buyers too. Damn, we are in the wrong business.

Martin
Martin

Why are we bad buyers or sellers. Ospina is an error prone keeper and not worth any more. As far as buying it’s hard to think of many mistakes we’ve made. Maybe Mustafi but then he was a proven German international.

Truj
Truj

Leno made some big mistake too. I always prefered the flapyhandsky.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

My money’s on Martinez to give Leno a run for his money this season. Last pre-season Martinez actually looked like the better keeper and there was clearly a reason that Emery didn’t start Leno straight away. Having said that I like Leno.

Ricochet
Ricochet

The narrative has gotten to you. It’s a fair price for a fairly shit keeper. At the very least, his wages are off the books.

Stop whining for the sake of it.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I don’t think Dave was that bad, but I agree about the whining part. People spend years slating the guy and then when we sell him he’s suddenly a “Colombian international”…something that had previously seemed unimportant to those wanting rid of him.

Abc
Abc

Mate, it’s actually 5m we made on him. Loan fee was 1m and now he signed for 4m. Plus we get him off the wage bill and he was earning 40k / week. That is 2m per annum. Overall it’s astonishing 7m quid. Not a bad deal for a goalkeeper who’s just 6ft. Stop complaining.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

It really is as simple as Abc. Well said mate.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Thank you Abc!

Der32
Der32

We paid more for Martinelli than we got from selling Ospina. Just let that sink in.

Francesc
Francesc

Deserves 10m at least. Solanke goes for 20, Willian getting bids of 55 and ospona only 4m?

Savage
Savage

Hoping Martinez holds onto the number 2 spot

Magneto
Magneto

Thank you for your contribution to the Arsenal, David Ospina, and best wishes for the future.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Best of luck to him!
Always thought if he was just a couple of inches taller, he would be the best goalkeeper in the world.
But despite his height, he did very well for us mostly when he played.
#catlikereflexes

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

#thatssomemadoverreaching😂

Lettra
Lettra

Yeah..Really stretching..Just like Dave..The time(s) he tried saving while standing behind his own goal line.

Lettra
Lettra

Take your thumbs and put them somewhere … he did it.we all saw it.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

1 down, plenty to go….

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Good luck Osssssssspiiiiiinaaaaaa! 🙂

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

We could sell his chant for £10m???? 🙂

Drew
Drew

3million for an international goalkeeper with that many caps is fucking ludicrous.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Name his competition for the Colombia position?

Timsh
Timsh

Good it’s not 3 million then. You probably didn’t even read the article…

miike
miike

Why would we let such a good keeper go for only 2 million?!

I can’t believe this club only sold him for a million. What a joke.

You would think a keeper with that many caps would go for at least 500k

Ealing
Ealing

Or a quarter of a million

Goonerest
Goonerest

Transfer Shock as Ospina DOESN’T join a Turkish club!

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

I’ve heard from reliable sources that Besiktas have been linked with signing him from Napoli next season.

Santori
Santori

Happy for him.

He’s a decent shot stopper, has some issues with dominating the box bc of height.

But a good keeper otherwise.

Wish we brought in more for him but at least he is moved on.

Surely we can move Jenkinson and Elneny this summer too.

None of them will bring much but they are least featured in the squad so pointless to keep around.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

Granted there are a lot of factors concerning transfer fees, however I think the comments about his fee being low are more than valid when you consider Jasper Cillessen (barca’s 30 year old back up keeper) is being sold for €35m, and similarly aged Neto being bought for €25m+. Also the whole ‘why is nobody after him then’ argument is sort of answered by the fact the side who finished 2nd in Serie A have first dibs and want him.

He’s not as bad as some people here and on the internet would have you believe, and has basically suffered when it comes to fan opinion from displacing a fan favourite (Szczesny) and being played ahead of a shiny new signing (Cech) in the Champions League. How many 26 year old keepers come to a club from anther county, displace the established No1 and end the season as first choice whilst finish 3rd in the league in front of a pretty ropey defence?

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

‘Also the whole ‘why is nobody after him then’ argument is sort of answered by the fact the side who finished 2nd in Serie A have first dibs and want him.’

It doesn’t answer why nobody wanted him 2 summers ago or last summer though. Napoli loaned him as a panic buy at the last minute when Meret broke his arm. Up to then : two whole summer transfer windows without a bite. That’s very telling surely.

Totally disagree on the Szczesny bit too. Ospina got in the team around the smoking incident : I think his performances in the first season were exaggerated completely by those who would have had anyone in goal ahead of Szczesny. It’s as equally true that he is not as good as some people here and on the internet would have you believe.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

He always seemed to be struggling with constipation. Never smiled, always looked nervous, even when we were 4-0 up. Anyway, wish him all the best.

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

Just realized that we got the same amount for permanently selling Ospina that we paid Barcelona for the 95 minutes of the mercurial Denis Suarez 😂😳😬😤🤢

Deo
Deo

Ospina is the vice-captain of the Columbian national team set to be the player with the most number of caps in their history. Bewildering to sell him like this.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

*Stadio San Paolo, not Estadio

TeeCee
TeeCee

OK, £4m.
I suppose we could have held out for 20, been told to fuck off and had him go on a free next year, but this is probably better.

Shamzy
Shamzy

Suddenly Arsenal had connection with Italians