Arsenal must drive a harder bargain for David Ospina

Recent reports in the Guardian have linked Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina with a permanent move to Napoli, where the Colombian international is currently stationed on loan.

Yet the reported fee is only around £3 million, a paltry sum for a player of Ospina’s quality — Arsenal must drive a harder bargain with the Serie A club in order to get the best value for their player.

Ospina has impressed while in Naples, playing 15 times this campaign and keeping four clean sheets in all competitions. Most notably, the Arsenal loanee stymied the high-powered Liverpool attack back in October in the Champions League group stage during Napoli’s 1-0 victory.

In addition, Ospina has time on his side, along with his good form. At 30 years of age, the goalkeeper still has around five seasons of quality football left at the highest level and he is far from a fading star.

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Although Ospina fell behind Petr Cech and Bernd Leno in the Arsenal pecking order, the Colombian is still a top-class goalkeeper that surely warrants a heftier transfer fee than £3 million.

For reference, just this summer Liverpool received £12.5 million for their third-choice goalkeeper Danny Ward, who moved to Leicester City to become a back-up.

Surely Arsenal should demand more than a quarter of that fee when selling David Ospina to become Napoli’s number one in January.

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