Arsenal to finalise Ospina signing this week

The Colombia goalkeeper could undertake a medical with the Gunners in the next 72 hours and link up with the club on their pre-season tour of USA as nears a £3 million move
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Arsenal are confident of completing the £3 million signing of Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina this week, Goal understands.

The Gunners have agreed a fee with Nice for Ospina and have discussed personal terms with the player as well as his role at Emirates Stadium next season.

Arsenal are hopeful Ospina will undertake a medical with the club in the next 72 hours and link up with the squad on their forthcoming one-match tour of the United States.

The Londoners are confident that the keeper, who impressed at the World Cup, will become their third senior signing of the summer following the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy.

As revealed by Goal, Arsenal have opened talks with Southampton over a £15m move for midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin although they face compeition from Tottenham.

The Gunners have also held extensive discussions with Atletico Madrid about signing Javier Manquillo on a season-long loan but the deal for the Spanish right-back is currently on the backburner and they are ready to pursue alternatives.

With a second right-back set to sign for Arsenal, Carl Jenkinson is expected to be sent out on loan to West Ham for the forthcoming season in order to play regular first-team football.

The expected signing of another senior international keeper will also provide strong competition for Wojciech Szczesny, who was the No.1 choice in both the Premier League and Champions League last season but was overlooked for the club's successful FA Cup campaign.

Wenger moved for Ospina after Arsenal failed to agree a fee for David Marshall during talks with Cardiff City.

Ospina, 25, is regarded as good value given his experience and the Gunners were able to negotiate a lower fee as he only has a year remaining on his Nice contract.