by Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (July 27th 2014)
Ospina Seals Move
Both Arsenal and OGC Nice confirmed that Colombian World Cup star David Ospina Ramírez has joined the Gunners for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £3.2m. Ospina spent six years on the French Riviera. He was a notable absentee when Claude Puelʼs young Nice team lost 3-2 against Brentford at Griffin Park yesterday.
“He was a good player, a good keeper”, former team-mate and OGC Nice defender Kevin Gomis told us. “He played very good for this club and I think itʼs a big message for Nice and we have a good keeper in Mouez Hassan and Yoan [Cardinale] is there”.
Stars are Born
Ospina was part of Colombiaʼs team that made history by reaching the quarter-final of the World Cup. But for excessively lenient officiating los Cafeteros may have gone further. Nevertheless, the football world has belatedly woken up to Colombian talent. James Rodríguez Rubio left Monaco for Real Madrid and Radmael Falcao García Zárate may follow him. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello is coveted by top clubs too.
Gomis was impressed. “For me it was a revelation”, Gomis said. “Good player [Juan Fernando] Quintero [Paniagua], James Rodríguez. He played there for Monaco. I played against him. He is a very good player and for me, itʼs not a surprise”.