Napoli are close to signing David Ospina on a permanent basis, with a €4m deal all but agreed for the summer, according to reports in Italy.

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 29: David Ospina of SSC Napoli during the Srie A match between Juventus and SSC Napoli at Allianz Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images )
TURIN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 29: David Ospina of SSC Napoli during the Serie A match between Juventus and SSC Napoli at Allianz Stadium on September 29, 2018, in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

CalcioMercato report that they understand Ospina will sign for Napoli on a permanent basis this summer. He’s ‘very much willing to join’ and has already given his approval to the transfer, and Arsenal have been in contact with Napoli over the deal in the last few days.

The fee for the transfer is expected to be just under €4m, in addition to the €1m loan fee Napoli have already paid for this season.

Ospina had a compulsory purchase clause in his loan deal, which would have activated at 25 appearances and made the Colombian a Napoli player for the same fee. However, Carlo Ancelotti recently announced that Ospina will stay at the club ‘regardless’ of whether he hits that appearance target.

NAPLES, ITALY - AUGUST 25: David Ospina of SSC Napoli in action during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Milan at Stadio San Paolo on August 25, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
NAPLES, ITALY – AUGUST 25: David Ospina of SSC Napoli in action during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Milan at Stadio San Paolo on August 25, 2018, in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

€4m isn’t a particularly high price to pay for a goalkeeper nowadays, even if Ospina does only have a year left on his Arsenal deal. However, The Gunners really just need to get him off the wage bill, considering he’s unlikely to become the first-choice shot-stopper in North London next season if he did return.

Ospina’s kept seven clean sheets in 18 games for Napoli this season, with four of those coming in his last four matches for the club.

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