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Arsenal are close to signing Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina from Ligue 1 club Nice, according to the Mirror.

Arsene Wenger is in the market for players to strengthen the team and after the capture of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, the Gunners boss is now on the lookout for a defensive midfielder and a goalkeeper, who will challenge current Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny for the number one position.

The Frenchman has been linked to various goalkeepers through the summer transfer window and Cardiff City's David Marshall was initially touted as the manager's primary target. However, with the Welsh club demanding a fee close to £10m, Wenger has switched targets and set his eyes on capturing Colombian number one Ospina instead.

Ospina played a crucial role for Colombia in the World Cup and the Gunners boss feels that the Nice stopper has all the credentials required to push Szczesny for the number one jersey.

It is claimed that the Arsenal manager has already held talks with the Colombian's representatives and have come to an agreement regarding personal terms.

Wenger is now looking to get the stopper on a bargain. Ospina is currently on the final year of his contract with his club, and as reported, Arsenal could get him for a fee in the region of £3m. The north London club are eager to get the deal completed by the next week at the latest.

Meanwhile, reports in the Telegraph claim that Arsenal are set to unveil the signings of two right-backs this week, with Mathieu Debuchy arriving from Newcastle United as a straight replacement for the departing Bacary Sagna and Atletico Madrid's 20-year-old defender Javi Manquillo as a backup option.

This move from Arsenal will see current right-back option Carl Jenkinson loaned out so that he can get the experience of first-team football in the Premier League.