David Ospina will not be returning to Arsenal after Napoli agree to trigger the purchase option in his contract, this is according to reports.
Ospina arrived Arsenal from Nice in the summer of 2014 as a first team player but he had to slug it out with Woijciech Szczesny. Following the sale of Szcsesny, Arsenal signed Petr Cech from Chelsea and Ospina returned to the bench permanently.
Arsenal allowed the Columbian netminder to join Napoli on season long loan deal last term. The deal to join the Naples based club included an automatic purchase clause if he featured in a given number of games.
However, Ospina featured in only 17 League games and the number is not enough for the automatic purchase option to be exercised.
According to Italian daily Il Mattino, Ancelotti was impressed with the player and he has triggered the purchase option to sign him on a permanent deal. Napoli will have to pay Arsenal €4.8m for the transfer.
The 30-year-old star will sign a three year contract with Napoli after revealing he is desperate to stay put with the Serie A side.
Petr Cech decided to hang his gloves and the decision of Napoli to sign Ospina has left Arsenal threadbare in the post. Nonetheless, the Gunners have been heavily linked with the signing of Markus Schubert, who is expected to join as Cech’s replacement.