Napoli pursue Colombian goalkeeper on a season-long loan

Napoli have reportedly signed David Ospina on a season-long loan from Arsenal with the option to buy. The Colombia international has pursued a fresh challenge after four seasons with the Gunners, where he was more or less the Cup goalkeeper.

According to The Guardian, the 29-year-old has signed a temporary deal with the Naples outfit and he could be in line to feature during their season opener against Lazio this weekend.

Ospina has been a credible performer for Colombia over the years but he has apparently not been able to replicate the showing at the club level amid the anguish of the Gunners fans.

Now at Napoli, Ospina has a fresh opportunity to prove his credentials and an extended run of games may probably be the catalyst towards him replicating his national team form.

Aside from Ospina, Napoli have signed two other shot-stoppers in the form of Alex Meret and Orestis Karnezis on loan from Udinese but they may now have to adjust to a back-up role.

Meret, in particular, appeared the likelier candidate to succeed the departed Pepe Reina but luck has simply not favoured him after he broke his arm in just the second day of pre-season.

Meanwhile, at Arsenal, Petr Cech has maintained the number one role for the start of the campaign despite the arrival of Bernd Leno from German side Bayer Leverkusen.

Leno, a former target of Napoli, was expected to become the first-choice shot-stopper for the Gunners but Unai Emery has recently suggested that he will have to wait for his opportunity.

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