Arsenal have told interested parties that they will have to pay £7million if they want to sign Joel Campbell this summer, according to talkSPORT.
Serie A outfit Palermo are rich with cash after selling Paulo Dybala to Juventus earlier this summer and were hoping to reinvest by purchasing the Costa Rica star. Arsenal have already told Campbell he has no future at the club, but are currently trying to squeeze every penny out of him before he leaves.
Palermo had originally attempted to sign the 23-year-old on a season-long loan deal, but were goaded into making a permanent transfer bid. However, there is now some doubt over the deal's viability as the Gunners have told them to double their opening offer of £3.5m.
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That could be too rich for Palermo's blood, especially as Campbell has failed to reignite the form he showed at last summer's World Cup. The forward had been hot property back then, but Arsene Wenger refused to sell him.
The Arsenal manager's decision to keep Campbell at the club seemed a good one when he ran riot alongside Yaya Sanogo at the Emirates Cup tournament, but that would later turn out to be his greatest moment in an Arsenal shirt.
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Failed loan deal
Campbell would go on to make just four competitive appearances for the Gunners before eventually being used as a makeweight in a deal that saw Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista move in the opposite direction.
Although starting most of Villarreal's remaining La Liga fixtures, the Spanish outfit decided against a bid to make the six-month loan deal permanent. Having failed to register a goal or an assist during his time, that decision came as little surprise.
Gold Cup performances
Again, Campbell failed to perform for Costa Rica and the recent Gold Cup as the World Cup quarter-finalists crashed out of the tournament having failed to win a single game. Three draws helped them scrape through the group stages but they went on to lose to Mexico in the first knockout round.
Having fallen so far from the dizzy heights on 2014, it is hard to see Arsenal getting anywhere near the £7m they are asking. Having originally signed him for £1m back in 2011, Wenger could still make a profit by demanding significantly less.
Wenger must live with his decision not to sell Campbell last summer, when his stock was high and transfer fees of £15m were being mooted around.
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