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Joel Campbell wanted AC Milan or AS Roma move

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Arsenal striker Joel Campbell wanted a Summer switch to either, AC Milan or AS Roma, according to the striker's agent.

The Costa Rican international has been in the headlines for the past few days after it broke out that he wanted to leave the Emirates Stadium on a season-long loan-deal at least, so that he could play regular football for the season ahead.

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Arsenal sent the young striker out on loan to Greece last season, and whilst at Olympiakos, the 22-year-old shined and put in some superb performances for the Greek side, including a dazzling display against Manchester United in the Champions League.

World Cup 2014

Campbell then managed to continue his fine form in Brazil for his country during the World Cup, where Costa Rica shocked the world by making it to the Quarter-Finals.

Costa Rica finished top in a group involving; England, Uruguay and Italy, and the South Americans were eventually eliminated by Netherlands on penalties.

Arsenal return

After the Summer World Cup, all the talk was around Campbell's future and whether or not he would remain at Arsenal or whether he would spend the season out on loan again.

However, whilst reporting for France TV stations, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Campbell would remain at Arsenal and would get his shot in the first-team during the season ahead.

Wenger stayed true to his word and started the Costa Rican in a pre-season friendly against Benfica, and after scoring a superb volley, Campbell showed that he clearly felt settled in North London.

Welbeck's arrival

On transfer deadline day, things changed for Campbell and his agent started to become very vocal about a move away.

The Gunners splashed £16million on signing Danny Welbeck from Manchester United, and that started the rumours that Campbell would leave the club, with Portuguese side, Benfica desperate to land him.

However, Campbell ended up staying at Arsenal after Wenger refused to send him out on loan or sell him permanently.

Italian interest

In a recent interview, Campbell's agent has revealed that interest in his client was high, especially in Italy, with AC Milan and Roma keen on signing him.

"I received many phone calls from Italy,” Campbell's agent Joaquim Bata told Canale Fgm.

“Joel really likes Milan and Roma, so he wanted a call from either of those two clubs. There was contact with the Rossoneri, while the Giallorossi thought of him as an alternative to Destro in case of a sale.

“The only club that really made an offer in Italy was Fiorentina, even if at the end of the day they didn’t agree terms.”

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