The transfer market continues to move in Europe, and Colombian soccer players appear as protagonists to change the scene. One of them is the archer David Ospinawho has not yet renewed with Napoli in Italy and arouses the interest of great teams.
The clock is ticking against the Neapolitan club, since the Colombian goalkeeper’s contract expires on June 30, which opens the door for him to become a free agent and negotiate with any other club at will.
However, all this novel is the responsibility of the Italians, because several weeks ago, from the board they tried to reach an agreement, offering a millionaire contract to the Colombian, who has not decided yet.
According to the Italian newspaper Sports Courier, the club would be willing to raise its offer to 2.2 million euros per season in two more years of the contract. However, sources close to the player point out that the goalkeeper wants three more years. “The ‘azzurri’ have offered the Colombian goalkeeper a two-year extension of 2.2 million per season,” said the outlet in recent hours.
However, with the passing of days, other media in the country of the boot assured that Ospina asked for more money, which complicated the negotiations.
Now, his delay in deciding has already filled the patience of some who have strongly criticized him, a few days after ending his relationship with the Italian team. One of those who made himself felt was former goalkeeper Salvatore Soviero, who gave an interview for Radio Marte and left some “explosive” statements against the man from Antioquia.
“Ospina asks for 3 million net, or 6 gross, to stay in Naples. For me he is not a 6 million euro goalkeeper. The company drew a line. That money, as I see it, is not worth it.” he stated at the outset and emphatically.
“David thought that he had played who knows what championship with Napoli. For me, Ospina is not worth 2 million euros a season,” added the Italian.
Finally, the former goalkeeper asserted that Napoli should not try to negotiate more with Ospina and instead should look to Alex Meret, substitute goalkeeper, who is a good prospect. “Napoli invested in Alex Meret, they spent almost 30 million on him and they can’t burn that money. You have to give value to the money spent”, said.
Which clubs want Ospina?
Thanks to this view, The Colombian’s name appears in the first place on the list of Real Madrid, a team that wants him to be the competition of the Belgian Courtois.
“David Ospina, who will turn 34 at the end of August, does not have an agreement with Napoli for the renewal and thus could end up in Spain, perhaps second behind Courtois in the Real Madrid”, maintained the Italian media The Gazzetta dello Sport in previous days.
Now, in this race to have the services of the coffee goalkeeper, a new team has gotten in the way of Real Madrid. In the last hours, in Spain they have ensured that the Atlético de Madrid, eternal rival of the ‘merengues’, would be interested in the Colombian, since Diego Simeone is looking for a candidate who will fight the Slovenian Jan Oblak.
“David Ospina at Atlético de Madrid is a scenario that is taking more and more shape. Diego Simeone would have asked Jan Oblak for a second, more reliable than Benjamín Lecomte, even better if he is good in the rotation. The Colombian would have appreciated the advances with those of Capitolini, opening himself to a transfer to LaLiga and cutting off conversations with Napoli,” the Italian media outlet assured on Wednesday. Arena Naples.
In the circle close to the Colombian goalkeeper they are calm, because time is not against him and if his contract with Napoli ends, he will be a free agent and will be able to choose his next destination at will.
SEMANA consulted with the player’s representative, Lucas Jaramillo, who opened the panorama and was clear about the future of his most representative piece. “Many things are real, many are not real. There has been a lot of interest in David from various clubs, and a goalkeeper of David’s stature arouses interest.” said.
“David (Ospina) has a status and many cannot get hold of it because of its economic value. We are analyzing various options and trying to choose the best with time, because this has just begun, we all want the best for David, “she added.