David Ospina is set to return to Arsenal until the Gunners sort out what they’re doing with the goalkeeping position this summer, according to reports in Italy.
Ospina spent the entire season on loan with Napoli, making 24 appearances, one short of the number required to activate his mandatory purchase clause. That’s no accident, as the Serie A side deliberately left him out once he reached 24 games, reportedly hoping to renegotiate a lower transfer fee with Arsenal.
That appears to have backfired on them, as TMW now report that Arsenal are going to welcome Ospina back to North London, at least for the time being.
With Petr Cech retiring and young goalkeepers Deyan Iliev and Matt Macey on the way out, as well as the uncertain future of Emi Martinez, Arsenal have decided not to let Ospina go until they have a replacement. If Iliev, Macey and Martinez all end up leaving without anyone coming in, Ospina would have to play backup to Bernd Leno next season.
The Colombian goalkeeper has a year left on his contract, so he’s not going to have any say in the matter unless a club can convince Arsenal to sell. He’ll certainly be disappointed with the way things are going, as all season he and his father have repeatedly told the media he wants to stay in Naples.
Perhaps Napoli will now be more open to paying the amount they agreed to pay in the first place.