Arsenal second choice keeper David Ospina is set to exit the club following the arrival of Bernd Leno. Leno joined from German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen for £19 million this summer. Leno is the expected long term keeper for the Premier League side as the Gunners gradually phase out 36-year old Petr Cech.
Besiktas are keen on Ospina based on his credentials, experience and exposure. He recently had a good tournament with his South American native at the recently concluded World Cup in Russia. He sprung to prominence at the last mundial in Brazil and has not looked back ever since.
Besiktas lost their keeper Fabricio Agosto Ramírez, also referred to as just Fabri, to new Premier League side Fulham. This made them run to the market to seek a capable replacement, with Ospina on the shortlist. The list also includes David Lopez who plies his trade at La Liga side Espanyol.
The 29-year old has apparent advantages over Lopez so he is expected to get the nod. Arsenal would likely be seeking less than £10 million as the player is surplus to requirements. Some quarters say it should be around £6-7 million to ensure the deal moves smoothly ahead of the transfer deadline.
Aside Leno, Arsenal have completed the deal for Uruguay star Lucas Torreira, with the player set to join up with his new teammates soon for pre-season. Under Coach Unai Emery the club is making several changes to its structure, management, scouting and playing style.