Arsenal asking big money to stop Ospina completing transfer?

There have already been plenty of reports about the goalkeeper conundrum facing Arsene Wenger, because Arsenal have three quality keepers and only two places. Even one of those is going to be spending a lot of time on the bench and that complicates matters for the Gunners even more.

At least the boss is sure about his number one being the Czech Republic international Petr Cech but after that it gets tricky about Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, although recent Arsenal transfer rumours have been saying that the Colombian international was close to a move away from the club, with Besiktas from Turkey apparently set to sign him.

Now though, according to the Evening Standard, Ospina will not be joining the Turkish club after all. The reason for this, apparently, is that we want too big a transfer fee and if this is true I reckon it must be because Wenger would rather have Ospina than Szczesny as back up next season.

The report goes on to claim that Roma are also unhappy with our demands over a permanent deal for Szczesny, so maybe the Frenchman still has plans for him but just not in the coming season. Has Wenger decided to hold on to both of our reserve keepers but to let the Poland international spend another season on loan?

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  1. Both are good keepers, depending on who they’re starting for. Ospina is better (imo), and he possibly could play week in week out at a top club. But compared to some of the other clubs top keepers, he certainly wouldn’t be argued over who is best. Szcz I must admit, I haven’t followed much since he went to Italy, so I’m going on what I remember of him between the sticks at Arsenal. If he’s still having those irrational moments of trying to collect a ball but totally askew instead, well then he should never be Arsenal’s first choice. He may decide in the end that starting for Roma is better than being third choice for Arsenal. If I was him Id choose Italy, but if he was me Id choose Arsenal, and fight ..if that makes any sense.

  2. Just because many fans underrate ospina, wenger does not. He knows that the stats showed that Ospina was the best GK in PL in 2014/15 by a long way. He knows that Ospina was outstanding for columbia in the last WC and copa america, this current copa america ospina is again outstanding.

    The world sees an outstanding goalkeeper for columbia, for example double saves against Messi and Aguerro.

    Wenger is just asking for market value as he sees it.

  3. Besiktas do not want to pay £3 mil for Ospina, that is the amount Arsenal paid 2 years ago. He is an amazing goalkeeper and I am sure other clubs will be in the market.

    Szczesny is on 50K wages a week and Arsenal has had to subsidize that to get him loaned out. Now they want Roma to pay his full wages.

    Welcome to the EPL with inflated prices and wages, it makes it harder to shift players for sale or on loan.

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