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.