Arsenal nearing transfer agreement with Italian club over first sale of the summer

The Gunners look to be closing in on a deal which would see Unai Emery get rid of one of his out-of-favour stars for the first time this summer.

The Arsenal boss oversaw a mini clear-out after arriving at the club last summer, only a few months after his predecessor Arsene Wenger had gotten rid of four players – Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin – during the 2018 January transfer window.

With the club currently short of enough funds to ensure that new signings are made, Emery seems to be keen on selling David Ospina to kick off his summer sales.

According to CalcioNapoli1926, Ospina is set to stay with Napoli next season, and an agreement with Arsenal is very close over a permanent deal.

The Colombia international moved to Italy on loan last year after dropping down behind Petr Cech in the pecking order at Arsenal.

Even with Cech now leaving the club, Ospina remains unlikely to return to the Emirates stadium with the report stating that the two clubs are nearing an agreement over a permanent deal for the 30-year-old.

Ospina had a €3.5m obligatory purchase clause in his contract if he reached 25 appearances last season but Napoli purposefully kept the number of games he played in at 24 to buy themselves some liberty over making a decision.

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