Joel Campbell may have netted just once in 18 appearances on loan at Villarreal, however, the Costa Rican continues to turn heads in La Liga.
Real Sociedad, managed by David Moyes, are again sniffing around the 22-year-old having reportedly had a bid for the player rebuffed back in January.
Speaking to Teledonosti, club president Jokin Aperribay hinted that the Gunners winger, who signed a contract extension at the Emirates six months ago, could be back on the shopping list at the Anoeta.
“It’s an interesting player for Real [Sociedad], but right now there is no talk of a transfer.
“I think that’s a result of not coming to Real in January when he came to taste Spanish football, but we’ll analyse the financial conditions that a transfer would pose.”
Aperribay admitted that Sociedad had approached Danny Ings only to be told early in negotiations that the England under-21 striker would prefer to stay in England. He’s since signed for Liverpool.
“There will be no signing in the coming days,” noted Apperribay when pressed on the board’s work in the transfer market.
“We’re not necessarily in a hurry to sign players, the important thing is to get value for money for Real Sociedad. You have to have patience.”
Sociedad finished 12th at the end of Moyes’ first season in Spain, but the Scot has the backing of the board to get them back into the European positions next year.
Given his age and the experience he’s gained in Spain – Villarreal was his second spell in La Liga following an earlier stint with Real Betis – Campbell and Sociedad seem to be a decent match.
He’s very much in the Carlos Vela mould; a player who lost his way at Arsenal but has gone from strength to strength in San Sebastian.