Premier League - Nice boss says World Cup keeper Ospina to join Arsenal

Arsenal are on the brink of signing Colombia World Cup star David Ospina after Nice boss Claude Puel confirmed his goalkeeper will join the Gunners.

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Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina makes a save during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Uruguay at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Ospina, who has 44 caps for Colombia, rose to prominence with some impressive performances at the World Cup, where his team lost to hosts Brazil in the quarter-finals.

And following Nice’s 3-2 friendly defeat to Brentford in London on Saturday, Nice manager Puel told Sky Sports that Ospina, 25, had agreed to join the North London club.

"It is confirmed," Puel told Sky Sports News. "He has the quality, he is very good with his feet, his arms, he knows football well.

"It is fantastic for him. David can take the goalkeeper place at Arsenal. He is a great player, magnifique."

There is no word from Arsenal but Ospina, available at a cut-price £3million, had looked to be on the brink of moving to the Emirates Stadium after Arsene Wenger let slip that the player would be number two to Wojciech Szczesny.

"You know at the start Szczesny will be the number one, then again we'll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play," the Frenchman had told ESPN on Friday.

Ospina will be the third World Cup star to arrive at Arsenal this summer, joining Chile’s Alexis Sanchez and France’s Mathieu Debuchy, who left Barcelona and Newcastle United respectively.

Wenger's side, who won the FA Cup and qualified for the Champions League last season, have also been linked with Southampton duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Calum Chambers, although a move for Real Madrid's Germany midfielder Sami Khedira appears to have stalled.

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