The future of Joel Campbell as an Arsenal player could becoming clearer in the next few weeks with the agent of young forward reportedly set to engage in talks with Inter Milan regarding a proposed January transfer.
This is according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, who carry a report on Monday claiming Inter have identified Campbell as a target and that they will be able to gauge the possibility of a deal when the player’s representative arrives in Milan.
The Costa Rican has made only two competitive appearances for Arsenal and this lack of game time has provided Inter with encouragement that a deal could be done. Lukas Podolski, another player rarely used by Arsene Wenger, is also of interest.
Campbell arrived at the Emirates Stadium to much fanfare following his performances at the World Cup and it seemed that the 22-year-old would be afforded an opportunity to unexpectedly revive an Arsenal career that appeared terminal.
The attacker had spent three successive seasons away from Arsenal on loan, two of which were enforced due to visa issues. But he had offered little in this time to suggest he would be able to establish himself as a player of value for Arsene Wenger.
However, Campbell produced some inspired performances for Costa Rica as they reached quarter-final phase in Brazil, which led to genuine optimism that he could have an impact of note in north London.
A goal for the Gunners against Benfica during the Emirates Cup added to the hope that Campbell was capable of becoming, at the very least, a regular member of Wenger’s squad. But, alas, this has not transpired.
Chances were already at a premium for Campbell before Danny Welbeck arrived from Manchester United on deadline day, while the imminent return of Theo Walcott further damages his already limited prospects.
Lack of chances
If Campbell is not in the plans of Wenger, as appears to be the case, then surely it would have made far more sense to sell the player when his stock was at its highest post-World Cup, rather than wait a further six months. Campbell is not increasing his value sat on the Arsenal bench twiddling his thumbs.
There may, perhaps, be a loan deal on the horizon which would make greater sense for Arsenal, who could view it as one final opportunity for Campbell to prove himself capable of performing at the highest level of club football.