What started as a rumour ended being official only a few days later. David Ospina has left Arsenal and will take his talents to the Serie A after securing a season-long loan deal to Napoli.
The Colombia international had been tipped with a move away from the Emirates Stadium practically since the end of last season and the arrival of Bernd Leno made things even more difficult for him, as he got relegated to a third-string goalkeeper role. Knowing his playing chances would be minimal, Ospina quickly decided to listen to offers and Napoli secured his services for the next 12 months.
Ospina will be the clear first-choice goalkeeper for the Serie A giants, who needed a starting-caliber shot-stopper following the departure of Pepe Reina, who joined AC Milan on a free transfer earlier this summer. And while Ospina is prone to the occasional mistake here and there, he represents a clear upgrade over Reina, who was clearly past his prime.
Ospina, 29, has only registered 29 Premier League appearances during the four years he has been with Arsenal, so a change of scenery and regular first-team action should help him considerably. He is also the clear first-choice GK with Colombia, and has already won 90 caps with Los Cafeteros throughout his career.