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Real Madrid Eyeing A Move For This Napoli Custodian: Should Ancelotti Snap Him Up?

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In a recent report, Marca revealed that Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Napoli custodian David Ospina. It has been mentioned that Los Blancos could move in for the Colombian keeper as Andriy Lunin is planning to leave at the end of this campaign.

Ospina’s Impressive Campaign In Italian Football

The 33-year-old is having a solid campaign at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium as he has put in a run of impressive displays in goal for Napoli. Ospina has appeared in 33 matches for the Italian outfit this season, conceding 28 goals and securing 13 clean sheets in the process across various competitions.

The former Arsenal keeper has done well to average 0.5 clearances and 4.8 long balls per game in Serie A. He has even been excellent with his ball distribution after completing 81.2% of his attempted passes in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

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BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA – MARCH 24: David Ospina of Colombia warms up prior to a match between Colombia and Bolivia as part of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifier on March 24, 2022 in Barranquilla, Colombia. (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images)
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Should Real Madrid Boss Carlo Ancelotti Snap Ospina Up This Summer?

Ospina is a decent handler of the ball and has got good reflexes that allow him to make a few solid saves at the back. He can distribute the ball well from inside his penalty area and has developed a winning mindset at Naples during this campaign. The Colombian goalie doesn’t shy away from coming out of his six-yard box to collect loose balls and crosses. At 33, he has got a wealth of experience under his belt and is the captain of the Colombian national side.

Hence, Ospina will a good addition to Real Madrid‘s dressing room, especially if Andriy Lunin ends up leaving the Spanish capital in this off-season.

The South American talent might not get regular game time but would get a chance to win a few trophies as long as he can serve as a decent deputy to Thibaut Courtois at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Therefore, Los Blancos head coach Carlo Ancelotti would be wise to snap Ospina up when the transfer window commences later this year. He will not only enhance the quality of the Italian manager’s squad but help the Madrid giants taste even more success in the coming seasons.

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