South American star to leave Arsenal and join Serie A giants on permanent basis

Colombia international David Ospina is reportedly set to finalise a permanent move to Serie A giants Napoli this summer, having spent this campaign on loan with the Naples-based outfit from Arsenal.

After the landing of Bernd Leno the previous summer, the 30-year-old star appeared to be pushed down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium with Petr Cech also ahead of the player.

In turn, David opted to join Partenopei on a season-long loan deal, where South American star has made 18 appearances thus far this term, conceding 17 goals and collecting seven clean sheets.

In spite of the fact that young goalkeeper Alex Meret has provided tough competition since returning from injury and is certainly seen as the long-term variant between the posts, it’s claimed that Ospina could be set for a permanent switch to Naples.

As reported by Calciomercato, it’s stated that Napoli want to conclude the signing of the Colombian star outright, and David has given his approval to the transfer.

It’s arguably a sensible transfer for all concerned, although it might be argued that with Petr Cech set to retire at the end of the campaign, perhaps a return to the North London this summer to push Bernd for a starting berth may well make more sense from David’s perspective.

However, it would look as though he’s set to switch to Italy, where Ospina will hope to continue to push Alex for a place in the starting eleven next season.

Given Carlo Ancelotti’s men will look to continue to challenge on multiple fronts next campaign, the Italian manager may well need the experience of David to continue to help his young player improve and mature.