Friday, July 18, 2014

Valencia CF interested in David Ospina

A while back Valencia CF was rumored to be interested in Jan Oblak of Benfica where Valencia CF were going to pay the 20 million euro release clause. An outrageous amount for a substitute goalkeeper. That deal was fortunately interrupted by an interest from Atletico Madrid in the player and they have indeed gone to sign him to replace the departed Courtois. Now, Valencia CF is interested in 25 year old OGC Nice and Colombia keeper David Ospina.

This deal is way more feasible than the one for Oblak. With a contract that is expiring next year, David Ospina would cost Valencia CF in the region of 4 million euros, a small fraction of Oblak's price. In addition, Ospina's quality was apparent in this year's World Cup and as such this price is a bargain. However, there is also interest from Premier League club Arsenal who look to replace Fabianski (sold to Swansea City). Arsenal can offer more playing time due to the fact that they are in more competitions, and just as importantly playing time in the Champions League. Arsenal have expressed interest in the player but haven't pushed through to force the signing yet. The player himself prefers either Arsenal or Juventus. So we aren't exactly in pole position.

With Jaume looking to break into the first team this season, this move may dash his hopes. This move would also force Guaita to look elsewhere for playing time since Alves is now number 1.

Any thoughts on David Ospina? The goalkeeping situation or any of our goalkeepers in general?