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Arsenal receive £6m transfer bid for Joel Campbell

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Real Sociedad have launched a £6 million bid for wantaway Arsenal star Joel Campbell, according to The Mirror.

Current manager David Moyes has been a long-term admirer of Campbell and previously attempted to sign him on loan during January's transfer window.

The Costa Rica international eventually joined Villarreal as part of a deal that took defender Gabriel to the Emirates and seemingly continued to impress Manchester United's former boss.

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The winger did not, however, do enough to earn a place in the Arsenal squad and was left behind as Arsene Wenger lead a 23-man team to Singapore on a pre-season training camp.

Campbell has apparently made it clear to Wenger that he does not want to stay at the Emirates beyond the current transfer window as he does not believe the appropriate first-team opportunities will arise.

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Moyes believes his offer of £6m will be enough for Arsenal and is confident the 23-year-old would be happy to join him in San Sebastian.

However, there is rival interest from Portuguese outfit Benfica, who are likely to have some form of European football on offer each and every season.

Fallen star

There was plenty of hype surrounding Campbell when he finally arrived in north London last summer. He had enjoyed a stellar season on loan with Olympiakos and impressed at the World Cup in Brazil.

He and Yaya Sanogo ran Benfica ragged in last season's Emirates Cup, but that friendly would turn out to be his best performance in an Arsenal shirt.

Campbell spent the next six months on the periphery of the Gunners squad and would count himself lucky for making the bench let alone the first-team line-up.

Lost Profit

Wenger still stands to make a significant profit on the £1m he originally paid for Campbell in 2011, but could have cost Arsenal a hefty amount by keeping him at the club one season too long.

After his performances for Costa Rica at the World Cup, his agent claimed that clubs were willing to pay upwards of £15m to sign him. Wenger rejected the idea of selling him and allowed Campbell's stock to fall.

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