Arsenal transfer news: Wenger on Ospina, Schneiderlin fee, player-swap dilemma

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All the latest Arsenal transfer news and rumours including Arsene Wenger commenting on goalkeeper options, a mooted deal for Mario Balotelli and more.

While a 20-man Arsenal squad continues to train at the Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls in USA, there are a number of transfer stories for Gunners fans to digest.

ESPN describe the transfer of Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina from Nice to to North London as "imminent", while manager Arsene Wenger commented on his goalkeeping options: "You know at the start [Wojciech] Szczensy will be the number one, then again we'll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play."

Should a deal for Ospina be confirmed in the coming days then he will be the third major signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of right back Mathieu Debuchy and versatile attacker Alexis Sanchez.

With a move for Sami Khedira shut down by the red and white upper brass, as mentioned previously by Guillem Balague, the Gunners could reignite their interest in Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, however, if they were put off by the German's wage demands then the price tag of the Saints star - £27 million - could also make the Arsenal board look elsewhere.

Bolstering the strike department is also a mandatory requirement for the Emirates Stadium side, with Mario Balotelli an apparent summer-long target but, in order to do business with AC Milan, Arsenal will have to relinquish exciting prospect Joel Campbell from his permanent contract.

Balotelli is more proven, but Campbell - from his Champions League goal against Manchester United to his exquisite World Cup performances for Costa Rica - has an intriguing upside. This is, a very real, player-swap dilemma for Wenger to ponder over.

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Elsewhere, HITC: Sport put together a collage of the best training shots from Arsenal's USA tour thus far - with Thierry Henry appearing to be giving advice to Abou Diaby. Henry spoke highly of potential wonderkid Gedion Zelalem, Wenger explained his reasons for listing the Leeds United comeback goal as his favourite Henry strike and Arsene also revealed the top trait he looks for in determining whether a youngster has what it takes to become a superstar.

And finally, a former Gunner, Fredrik Ljungberg, has come out of his retirement to stride out in the Indian Super League for three months in order to help the burgeoning division. What a man.

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