Despite a potential tie-up between Arsenal and Real Betis, which was thought to include a clause about Joel Campbell spending another season on loan there, the player’s agent has confirmed no deal is done yet.
Campbell’s agent, Joaquim Batica, acknoweldged the Betis interest, but told the Spanish press, “There are other clubs in Europe who have asked about the status of Joel.”
Reports in the Mirror earlier this week suggested that Crystal Palace might be interested. Having lost Wilfried Zaha to Man United, there’s space in the squad, and it would give the Costa Rican Premier League experience.
However, Batica says no decision will be made until they’ve had a chance to speak to Arsenal.
“We are analyzing the situation,” he said. “There has been a first contact, but until Arsenal decide we will not do anything.”
While Campbell probably does not qualify for a work permit based on the amount of games he’s played for Costa Rica, one more season in Spain should give him EU citizenship, which may influence the decision.