Arsenal close to deal for Nice keeper Ospina

Arsenal are close to reaching an agreement to sign Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina from Nice for a reported four million euros (£3.2million, $5.4million), the French club`s president confirmed on Sunday.

"There isn`t an agreement yet but we`re not far away," Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere said.

The two clubs are understood to have reached a verbal agreement over the transfer, according to a source close to the Ligue 1 outfit, but the move has yet to be finalised.

Ospina, 25, has spent the past six seasons with Nice and was part of the Colombia side that reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil for the first time in the country`s history.

Ospina would provide competition for Arsenal`s incumbent number one and Poland international Wojciech Szczesny.

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