It was looking like the Colombian international number one, David Ospina, was going to become the third Arsenal signing of the summer, joining Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez as the Gunners put their recent transfer woes firmly to one side.
And it was looking like a great bit of business from Arsene Wenger as well, with the Daily Star reporting that the Frenchman had secured a deal with the keeper’s French club Nice that would cost us a measly £3.2 million, as Ospina is entering the final year of his contract and has told his French bosses that he is ready to move on to a bigger club.
The paper also reported that we were just discussing personal terms with the talented Colombian, who was fantastic for his country in Brazil this summer, before being able to complete the deal. However, Talksport is now reporting that Arsenal are to face competition for Ospina, in the shape of three clubs. One of those is apparently Valencia from La Liga, who have a new owner with plenty of money to spend.
So I would not be surprised to hear that our bid has been topped by at least one of these three clubs. Now Wenger will have a decision to make as to whether he should increase our offer, bearing in mind that Ospina is only likely to be the Arsenal number two, or to keep looking for someone to be understudy to Wojciech Szczesny. What should Wenger do?