Nantes have pulled out of the running for Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina after the club’s deputy general manager revealed that the French club cannot afford the Colombian international.
France Football magazine reported yesterday that the Ligue One side were considering Ospina as a potential summer signing but in an interview with 20minutes.fr, Franck Kita said that although the club did make an enquiry, the move was not financially viable:
“We made inquiries, but this is unfeasible.”
Arsenal’s €4million (£3.5million) valuation for Ospina has already put off Fenerbahce. The Turkish club were reportedly close to sealing a deal for the 28 year old but then withdrew their interest in the keeper. They have now moved on to another target with Malaga’s Carlos Kameni now likely to make the move to Istanbul instead.
All this leaves Ospina pretty much in limbo. The Evening Standard believe Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is seeking to buy a keeper this summer to provide competition for first choice Petr Cech. It looks certain the Colombian is surplus to requirements at the Emirates but so far no club has been willing to match Arsenal’s asking price.