Arsenal’s move for Costa Rican starlet Joel Campbell is now in doubt after the striker’s father confirmed another Barclays Premier League club has placed a bigger offer on the table.
It was widely reported over the weekend that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had agreed a fee with Costa Rican club Sparissa and a five-year-contract had been agreed in principle for the 19-year-old.
Campbell caught the attention of several European clubs after impressing for his country at the Copa America and Arsenal moved quickly, submitting a £900,000 bid for the player - a bid that was accepted.
Saprissa president Juan Roja was quoted as saying: "There is an agreement in principle already [with Arsenal], although everything is now on hold for Joel Campbell and his family to accept the transfer."
A deal was expected to be tied up today with Arsenal representative Richard Law flying to South America to seal the transfer but the transfer may now have hit a snag.
Campbell’s father Humberto, who also represents his son as an agent, said: “We got another very good offer from one of the great English teams, which is just as interesting in sporting terms to Arsenal, but also more economically.
“I will meet now with my wife and together we will make the decision whether to sign with Arsenal, the other club, or wait for something else.”
The striker will represent his country in the U20 World Cup in Columbia but was reportedly absent from training today as the teenager looks to thrash out his future before the tournament begins.