Arsenal have rejected a loan offer from Napoli for Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina as they want only
a permanent deal, according to the Daily Cannon.
The Italian side are in a desperate situation after their new signing Alex Meret broke his arm and are
now looking to get a replacement before the start of the season.
They were initially monitoring Guillermo Ochoa but have switched their attention to Ospina because the
Mexican goalkeeper is making them wait and they believe Arsenal want to sell quickly.
On their part, Arsenal signed Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, which means they now
have four first team goalkeepers, with Leno, Petr Cech, Ospina and Emiliano Martinez in that order.
They are keen to sell off the surplus, and after Petr Cech rejected a move to Naples earlier in the
summer, Ospina has become the most likely to leave.
Despite this fact, the Gunners rejected the offer from the Serie A side. Napoli wanted to take the
Colombian on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season, but the North London side only want
an outright permanent deal.
There isn’t expected to be much difference to the Gunners whether he leaves on loan or a permanent
deal since they don’t seem to be planning to use the funds to bring in anyone.
They probably feel Napoli won’t make it permanent at the end of the season when Meret must have
recovered from his injury, unless they want to use the funds to complete another surprise signing on
transfer deadline day.