Wednesday August 15 2018
Ospina Napoli loan to cost €1m

Napoli will sign David Ospina on loan from Arsenal for €1m, but the option to buy will become obligatory if they win the Scudetto, it’s reported.

Multiple sources state this evening that Colombia international Ospina is on his way to Italy for a medical.

Sky Sport Italia note it’ll be a loan deal worth €1m for the whole season, with an option to buy.

That option will become obligatory if certain targets are met, but they are believed to be extremely tough ones to achieve.

These include winning the Serie A title or Champions League.

Napoli needed a goalkeeper with experience who was reliable, but not one so expensive as to scupper the growth of Alex Meret.

The Partenopei invested €22m in signing the 21-year-old from Udinese, plus €3m in bonuses, but he fractured a bone in his arm during his second training session.

As Meret won’t be ready to return until at least next month, they needed a suitable replacement for tough early Serie A and Champions League fixtures.

Ospina fits the bill, as the 30-year-old Arsenal man is available on loan and eager for a move after Bernd Leno (who had been in talks with Napoli before they opted for Meret) arrived in London.

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