David Ospina
Nice goalkeeper David Ospina is expected to move to Arsenal.Getty Images

Arsenal are on the verge on announcing the capture of Nice goalkeeper David Ospina, after they agreed a deal worth £3.2m with the Ligue 1 club.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger has been keen to bring in an experienced shot stopper to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the number one goalkeeper spot. The Gunners were light in the goalkeeping department after the departure of Lukasz Fabianski to Swansea City on a free transfer.

Many thought the arrival of a goalkeeper will only be to provide backup for Arsenal's Polish keeper, Wenger has made it clear that he is arriving at Arsenal to challenge for a place in the starting 11.

The Frenchman has made it clear that selection will be based purely on performance. However, Szczesny will start the season as the number one keeper and it will be up to the Colombian international to knock him off his perch.

"You know at the start Szczensy will be the number 1, then again we'll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play," Wenger told the Daily Mail.

The Colombian international, has been on Arsenal's radar from the start of the summer transfer window and his standout performances for his country during the recently concluded World Cup enhanced their interest in bringing the player to the Emirates.

The 25 year-old goalkeeper will be the north London club's third signing following the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United.

It is also believed that Arsenal are on the verge of completing a deal for Southampton youngster Calum Chambers, after having a fee in the region of £12m accepted by his current employers.