Arsenal have entered transfer talks with Olympiacos over the sale of highly-rated young striker Joel Campbell, according to the Metro.
The 21-year-old, who has been unable to play for the Gunners since his 2011 arrival because he is not eligible for a work permit, has been on loan at the Greek giants this year and it’s believed that he has impressed them enough for them to want to make the move permanent.
Campbell has been loaned out to the likes of Spanish side Real Betis and Lorient in France, but it’s at Olympiacos where he’s made a considerable impact, notching seven goals in 23 appearances.
It’s now thought that chiefs of the club want to acquire him from Arsenal in a summer deal which would cost £7million, and have sent officials to England in order to negotiate.
The recent sale of star striker Kostas Mitroglou has left Olympiacos with a hole to fill up front and, given the fact that Arsene Wenger is targeting a new forward for the end of this campaign, it looks as though Campbell may leave Arsenal without ever having made an appearance for them.
Campbell’s agent confirmed that talks over the youngster’s potential sale were underway.
“Joel’s future is a matter between the two clubs,” said the agent.
“It was difficult from the beginning with Joel belonging to a big club like Arsenal, but it’s a critical year for him. He is happy in Greece and with Olympiacos.
“Going back to Arsenal? He would not be happy sitting on the bench – even in a top league.”