Serie A outfit Inter Milan are set to open talks with Premier League side Arsenal, regarding a potential loan-deal for striker, Joel Campbell, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Costa Rican international has barely kicked a ball in competitive action for the Gunners and despite Arsene Wenger saying at the beginning of the season that he's in his plans, Campbell has only started one competitive match.
That game came at the Emirates Stadium against Southampton in the Capital One Cup, which ended in a 2-1 defeat after a Nathaniel Clyne wonder-goal.
The 22-year-old, who spent last season out on loan with Greek side, Olympiakos, had a superb World Cup with his country in Brazil. After the competition, Wenger was asked about the role the striker would play for the upcoming season, and the Frenchman promised that the starlet would be in the first-team picture.
Wenger was true to his word as he featured him in the pre-season Emirates Cup tour, and the striker even bagged himself a debut goal against Benfica, but since then, it seems he has been overlooked.
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Campbell was regular named on Wenger's bench, but the past three games, he hasn't been included at all, and that has started to frustrate the Costa Rican and he has reportedly now asked the club if he can leave.
Campbell's agent in the Summer revealed that his client wanted a move away once again in order to play regular first-team football, but Wenger denied him the chance stating he was needed in North London.
According to reports, Inter Milan were interested in signing him permanently last summer, but due to Wenger's demands, no deal was finalised.
However, after spending months away from the pitch, Campbell has now asked the club to leave and it looks likely it will be on a loan in January. Inter officials have reportedly spoken to representatives at Arsenal and also Campbell's agent, and have discussed a potential loan-deal which could be made permanent next summer for £7 million.
Campbell has reportedly told his team-mates he wants out and is now expected to be looked at by Portuguese side, Benfica, who were close to signing him on loan on transfer deadline day.