Thursday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Ospina leaving Arsenal, Cabaye to Tottenham


David Ospina could be leaving Arsenal after just one season at the Emirates. The Colombian national team goalkeeper joined the Gunners from Nice last summer after an impressive World Cup, but multiple reports suggest that Arsene Wenger is ready to offload Ospina to Turkish giants Fenerbache for $6.2 million and bring in Petr Cech from Chelsea. Wojciech Szczesny is said to be sticking around at Arsenal and the Polish international will battle with Cech for the No. 1 jersey.

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According to the Times, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye is being chased by Tottenham Hotspur. Cabaye, 29, dazzled for Newcastle United in the Premier League during a three-year stint with the Magpies but has failed to nail down a regular spot in PSG’s lineup after moving to the Ligue 1 club in January 2014 for $30 million.

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Despite winning back-to-back French titles in Paris and playing in the UEFA Champions League, Cabaye is eager to get more minutes to rubber-stamp his spot in the French national team squad ahead of Euro 2016. His former boss at Newcastle, Alan Pardew, is said to be interested in taking him to Crystal Palace but now Spurs have emerged as a likely destination for Cabaye to return to the PL. His cultured play and set-piece delivery would add something extra to Spurs’ midfield as he and Christian Eriksen could be the perfect playmaking duo to lay chances on a plate for Harry Kane up top.

Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle United have emerged as the front-runners to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin. According to the Daily Express, Austin will be able to leave Loftus Road if a club offers $23 million for his services. The 25-year-old scored 18 goals last season during his debut campaign in the PL and earned himself a call up to the English national team. Austin would be a bench player at Chelsea but at West Ham and Newcastle he’d be the main man up top. Chelsea may offload Loic Remy with the imminent arrival of Radamel Falcao said to have unsettled the French international, but would Austin relish sitting on the bench for the Blues? First, let’s see who stumps up the hefty wad of cash Rangers are asking for.