Arsenal seem set to imminently complete the transfer of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle, although the final make-up of the deal appears yet to be decided. It is reported by The Guardian that Joel Campbell, the Costa Rican star of the World Cup, could be included as a makeweight.
An offer too good to resist?
Arsenal fans would have been optimistic about the future of Campbell who, after three seasons away from the club on loan, would triumphantly return after his exploits in Brazil and establish himself as a member of Arsene Wenger’s senior squad for the first time.
However, these hopes could be dashed before most players even return for pre-season. The Gunners have been negotiating the finer points of a deal for Debuchy, and have offered Campbell - an opportunity Newcastle may feel is too good to resist.
Only last week and Campbell was being valued at £16 million following a commendable season with Olympiacos and his notable performances with Costa Rica, so this proposed Debuchy part-exchange represents quite a comedown.
A real shame
It is rather a shame that Campbell may not even be afforded the chance to train with the Arsenal first-team before he is shipped out to another club, and his potential departure represents another Wenger acquisition that promised so much but failed to live up to expectation.
Campbell, Carlos Vela and Ryo Miyaichi all arrived at Arsenal as teenagers and were farmed out elsewhere in order for the club to obtain work permits. This added to the allure, with Arsenal fans eager to see if any would be able to cut it once they had eventually returned.
Vela was given his chance but has since been sold to Real Sociedad. Miyaichi impressed with Feyenoord but appears unlikely to have a long-term future. Campbell, on the other hand, could be cut adrift without ever being placed under the microscope at close quarters.
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More pressing concerns for Wenger?
Arsenal are in need of reinforcements in forward positions and, while Campbell would have been unlikely to oust Olivier Giroud, it is something of a pity that the 22-year-old may not even get a look in at the Emirates Stadium.
However, despite Campbell’s potential, Gunners supporters may soon forget the young Costa Rican if their club are able to complete the notable coup of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, which is a far more pressing concern for Wenger.