The Gunners were said to have agreed a £3.2m fee with Nice for the 25-year-old but with no firm deal yet in place, Spanish side Valencia hope to hijack the transfer.

French newspaper L’Equipe brought news of Valencia’s interest today, while also claiming another unnamed Spanish side, as well as a club in Mexico, are eyeing a deal.

Ospina was one of several goalkeepers to impress at the World Cup, helping Colombia to a quarter-final appearance against hosts Brazil.