Despite stories linking him with a second season on loan at Real Betis, it now looks unlikely that Joel Campbell will go back to the club he made real progress at last year.
The Costa Rican became a firm favourite at the Seville club, featuring regularly and scoring twice in La Liga, but his development means Arsenal want a high fee for his services this season, something Betis can’t afford.
Betis manager, Pepe Mel, said, “Last year Campbell was the great unknown in European football, came from Lorient having not played very much.
“Arsenal were interested to get him out on loan and almost gave him to us, but now they have revalued and want us to pay a large amount (900,000 euros). Betis can’t afford that.
“Under these conditions, Campbell will not come back to Betis.”
There are suggestions that he could go on loan to an English side, with Crystal Palace said to be interested, but with rumours linking Gervinho away from the club, there may be scope to incorporate him into the squad this season should he impress during pre-season.