Palermo finding Arsenal ‘difficult’ over Campbell deal

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Joel Campbell – international man of mystery and multiple loan deals. Went to Villarreal last season, scored one goal. Went to the Gold Cup this summer, hasn’t been seen since but that’s because he got some extended holidays.

Still, people are interested in him – even if Arsene Wenger doesn’t really appear to be one of them. David Moyes likes him, wants to buy him for Real Sociedad, Arsenal have said ‘You need to dig deeper than that’, as a paltry offer is rejected.

Palermo, capital of Italian province Palermia, also fancy kitting him out in their lovely pink shirt, but negotiations aren’t proving easy.

According to an agent working on behalf of the Serie A club, the Gunners are being ‘difficult’ – probably because we want a decent fee (loan or otherwise) for a player who just signed a new contract in January.

“The negotiations ran aground,” Gianluca Forini said. “Arsenal are a club difficult to deal with.

“There is a will from Palermo to bring Joel Campbell to Italy. However, we are a bit annoyed by the reaction of the Gunners and we are considering other targets.”

Ooooh, the old double bluff, we’re not falling for that one. It remains to be seen what our intensions really are for the Costa Rican forward, but another departure wouldn’t be in the least bit surprising.

The question is whether or not it will be permanent or temporary.

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Indrossi
Indrossi

Oh dear. I thought he was safe by now. Secure. Had found his freedom at long last. Poor Joely. What if he doesn’t get out while he can? Won’t someone think of Joel Campbell?!

J Bird
J Bird

GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN JOEL!

Anonymous Kumquat
Anonymous Kumquat

I reckon Wenger’s holding on to him to use as a makeweight in a deal for Benzema. You heard it here first…

Smart-Arse
Smart-Arse

He’s joking

David Hillier Handled My Luggage
David Hillier Handled My Luggage

Maybe he’s hoping it might knock a fiver off eh?

Smart-Arse
assistantref
assistantref

14 poos.

Smart-Arse
Smart-Arse

That’s a lot of poo

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

There isn’t enough poo in the universe for that one.

poly
poly

As Palermo is in Sicily, surely they will make an offer we cannot refuse?

Smart-Arse
Smart-Arse

Superb

Chris
Chris
SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

no money no talk

Runkeball
Runkeball

Let it be known that no horses have been harmed in the Campbell deal. So far.

Xavi's DNA
Xavi's DNA

Luka Podolski sleeps with the fishes.

goonero
goonero

Palermo: we will pay you “x” for campbell
Arsenal: but we want “y” for campbell becau..
Palermo: GAWD WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO DIFFICULT?!? LUGI! CALL THE PRESS! ARSENAL ARE BEING DIFFICULT!

Rob67
Rob67

If he does depart – and frankly it’s hard to see the point of anymore loans – then it will be one the more ignominious chapters in our recent history.

Because it was him, whom Law spent a week trying to sign, the very season we saw Cesc and Nasri depart. And the manner of that divorce, was such that Wenger and Gazedis appeared the only two people on the planet who couldn’t see that happening. Wenger’s public statement that ” you can’t be a big Club and sell your best players” being a wince inducing confirmation of that fact.

It’s all water under the bridge now. But given the fact that he hasn’t played a competitive game for us says it all.

AllGunsABlazin

He featured in the CL and the league for us last season. It was his corner against Galatasaray that was cleared to Ramsey for THAT goal.

poly
poly

he played 10 games for Arsenal last season and cost £1M and will be sold for significantly more than that hardly and ignominious chapter. Just a signing that didn’t quite work out. Had he been given a work permit and allowed to play for Arsenal earlier it could perhaps have been different.

Xavi's DNA
Xavi's DNA

He was not Park Chu Young.

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

Can we not play hardball for a few million Euros, we’re not skint. There won’t be any better offers than whatever Palermo, Sociedad and that Portuguese team are offering, let’s be honest. There’s no point holding on the Campbell for another 500k so we can offer Barca £40.5M+1 for Suarez. Just let him go wherever he wants.

Double98
Double98

That’s quite the benevolent tack you are taking.
There are three teams interested in our player – sounds like a bidding war to me!

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

Or, how about letting Campbell choose where we wants to go, after shipping him out on loan (visa, I know), then rotting on the bench for half a season, then going back out on loan to help us bring in Gabriel, it’s the least we could do for him.

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

But I suppose you guys are right. If we can squeeze an extra €500k out of each transfer, and we sell 30 players per season, in 15 years time we can afford Messi’s right leg.

Smart-Arse
Smart-Arse

Was it you who shouted to Joel at the train station?

gar14
gar14

Ah if every club had your business accumen…

RamseyMidfieldNightmare
RamseyMidfieldNightmare

Surely we have screwed this guy around enough. Hopefully we don’t jeopardise his chances of progressing his career.

Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes

I think he’s managed that with his amazing goal return of 1 goal last season.

RamseyMidfieldNightmare
RamseyMidfieldNightmare

His record just strengthens the argument that maybe we shouldn’t be gouging for money for a striker who doesn’t score much.

Smart-Arse
Smart-Arse

You have no idea how much is on offer or what Arsenal are asking for. If the bid is £100, should we just accept because he is a striker who doesn’t score much. Or perhaps you think we should actually pay Palermo a fee to take him away?

RamseyMidfieldNightmare
RamseyMidfieldNightmare

Most people don’t know the exact details of any dealings with/by Arsenal, yet we all form opinions and debate. It may be conjecture but then if we didn’t allow that then the only people talking about the club would be Wenger, the Board and the Arsenal Execs.

gar14
gar14

Well Arsenal have a valuation for the player and considering they have spent a lot more time with him then you have, I’d be inclined to believe them over your ‘gouging for money’ accusations.

Solo Calcio

According to multiple sources in Italy Palermo have offered 6 million euro, Arsenal want 9-10 million. Might not seem that big of a difference but for a team of Palermo’s size it is, even with the money they got from selling Paulo Dybala.

//Jakob Romeborn,
writer on Solocalcio, a news site about italian football.

Mark
Mark

It’s interesting how we let Podolski go for so little taking a sizable loss on him, but seem to not to sell Campbell especially when his stock was higher after the WC performance. He doesn’t play at all in preseason and is never on the bench and with players like Wilshere and Ramsey that want to play in the middle, but can play with the wing as well as the normal wing players that don’t get to play he has less of a chance of actually seeing the field than Chambers, Flamini, Martinez, etc. do. Hope Wenger does the right thing by Campbell and lets him go permanently.

Matt
Matt

Campbell’s not on £100k a week…..

assistantref
assistantref

I agree he has no future at the club but if a person is on vacation after an international tournament he isn’t also able to play in preseason. If he could, someone who could be in two places at the same time would probably command a very high transfer fee indeed.

mollers
mollers

Ah. If only he’d gotten out while he still could. Now he will forever be stuck at this once great club as it faces an inevitable spiral to the bottom of the table and financial ruin.

Boreinho Strikes Again
Boreinho Strikes Again

Anyone who missed Mourinho crying about Wenger today can view it with this one photo that we have to post on every site we can –

https://twitter.com/TSBible/status/461606316100706304/photo/1

kaius
kaius

The real story here is few clubs in Europe can afford to sign players from Prem clubs. Palermo’s issue is with economics, not Arsenal.

There’s a midfielder on their books called Franco Vazquez who played some great stuff with Paulo Dybala (now at Juventus) last season. We have many midfielders but he’s a really accomplished Rakitic-type and I hope Dick Law’s got an eye on him.

Bren
Bren

Will he be in Stoke for us this season?

Rossi88
Rossi88

Hes not very good…no?

winterburn 87
winterburn 87

Last time we wanted Dybala, they sold him to Juventus..it’s karma

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

1. Last year’s away kit was lovely. This year’s is poo.

2. What’s up with the quote from Forini? Surely no football professional referred to Arsenal as “the Gunners” in an on-the-record comment.

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

Whatever about Joel Campbell – I’m happy if Arsenal are being difficult for other clubs to whom we owe nothing whatsoever.

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

Palermo are hypocrites, how much money they wanted for Pastore or Dybala, we din’t complain over the media did we? We have to stand our ground and set example. The Arsenal is not a team you can bully over the media! You cannot afford our valuation? Suck it up then!

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

This thread just proves that children shouldn’t be given access to daddy’s iPad during summer school holidays.

kaius
kaius

This does seems to be the case more and more on here.

col
col

He was good against benfica

col
col

Really hope that’s not all we’ve seen of the lad

santori
santori

I think Wenger is having a hard look at retaining either Gnabry or Campbell.

On age, Campbell needs to move on if he has less chance at the first team, for sake of his career.

He’s a very decent player and at 23/24yrs (like Coquelin, Ramsey and Walcott before) is poised to realise his full potential.

Palermo probably low balled. There are other possible destinations I’m sure for Campbell.

Dave
Dave

A lack of Palermo faith? Scared they’d be left picking up the pieces I expect.

luca james
luca james

Obscure and will probably fly well under most radars. But nice.