Arsenal are reportedly ready to cash in on goalkeeper David Ospina.
Il Mattino (via CalcioNapoli1926) claim the Gunners are open to selling the Colombian stopper to Napoli, where he spent the 2018/19 season on loan.
Ospina made 24 appearances for the club. Had he made 25, Napoli would have been obliged to pay €3.5 million (£3.1 million).
He was deliberately benched once he had reached 24, and there were suggestions Napoli were ready to let him return to Arsenal.
But it would appear the Italian club do still want him and are after a knockdown fee, with Ospina’s Gunners contract expiring next year.
Ospina has been with Arsenal since 2014 after signing from French side Nice.
He has never really threatened to become the club’s number one, and the signing of Bernd Leno has effectively ended his hopes of that happening.
Arsenal fans react
Some Arsenal fans were unhappy to learn the fee Ospina could leave for.
While they accept he is not a number one quality goalkeeper, several feel as though securing a fee potentially below £3.1 million would be poor business:
We suck at selling part 547
— Ivens (@rogivens) 5 June 2019
This is a crazy deal. We need a backup keeper and we are basically selling him for nothing.
— Bradley (@bradleymyers95) 5 June 2019
Again arsenal can’t get it right
— zaza (@mrjoeyzaza) 5 June 2019
Okay, don’t sell him then. Keep him as backup to Leno next season. 3m is nothing
— JayJo 🗯️ (@JayJoJame) 5 June 2019
3.5m?? This is daylight robbery
— PoorRex (@mildlypawsitive) 5 June 2019
Pull out of the negotiations… Even lower than 3m this is a joke!!!
— Ragnar the younger.. (@LawrenceGakuruu) 5 June 2019
That’s awful… Just bring him back.
He’s good to be on the bench for us.
— Yorm_Sena (@vanisalbright) 5 June 2019
What is going on with our management team?
— abdul_Oba (@kings_abdul) 5 June 2019
Arsenal is a joke club
— PRAY for GRACE (@toheebpa) 5 June 2019