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Arsenal making way for Chelsea’s Petr Cech as goalkeeper closes in on Turkish transfer

According to reports in Turkey, Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is close to securing a permanent move to Super Lig giants Fenerbahce.

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HaberTurk report that the Colombia international is on the verge of a €5.5 million move, and will likely pocket an annual contract of €2.2 million in Istanbul.

The 26-year-old, who is currently representing his nation at the Copa America, in Chile, moved to North London in 2014.

He managed 18 appearances in the Premier League last season, displacing Wojciech Szczesny for the second half of the campaign, and also featuring five times in Arsenal’s various club competitions.

He kept 10 clean sheets overall, largely justifying the €4 million that Arsene Wenger spent to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

The keeper recently kept a clean sheet against Brazil while on Copa America duty and still appears to have the best years of his career ahead of him.

Ospina’s departure may well be seen as an indication that Arsenal’s much-mooted move for legendary Chelsea stopper Petr Cech may well be completed soon [Independent].

The Czech keeper is believed to be set for a Stamford Bridge departure this summer, having lost his place to Thibaut Courtois, and is understood to favour a stay in London [Sky Sports].

This may well rule out a move to Manchester United, who have considered the stopper as a possible replacement for David De Gea should the Spaniard complete his anticipated move to Real Madrid [Telegraph].

However, Arsenal keen on the Czech veteran, who can boast extensive Premier League—and title-winning experience—and would be a composed and reassuring figure to sit behind the Arsenal defence and improve the Gunners’ resiliency at the back.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, 33-year-old Cech has won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.