Joel Campbell waits for Arsene Wenger to ok Benfica move

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Joel Campbell is waiting for Arsene Wenger to give the green light so he can complete a move to Benfica, reports O Jogo.

The Portuguese champions are the latest club to be linked with a move for the Costa Rican, who believe he could become an adequate replacement for the departed Rodrigo.

Keen to move

Campbell is also believed to be keen on a move to the Estadio da Luz, possibly attracted by the chance of key role in Jorge Jesus' team. Benfica also offers a better chance to win domestic silverware.

Benfica are rumoured to be ready to pay as much as £8 million to secure Campbell on a permanent deal, which would represent a significant profit on the £1 million Arsenal paid for him in 2011.

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Wenger U-turn

Wenger is yet to give the potential transfer the green light as he continues to evaluate the 22-year-old. The Arsenal boss has said recently that he wants Campbell to be involved with the first team this season.

He told reporters recently: "He is a member of my squad at the moment, He had a good preparation and played well against Benfica.

"In training he is very focused and eager to do well. I would like to keep him."

However, recent squad selections suggests Wenger may be changing his mind. Campbell started for Arsenal's Under-21 outfit on Thursday night, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4-2 win against West Brom. Campbell impressed, but the fact that he was playing at all suggests he is only moving further away from Wenger's first team.

Cashing in

Having performed exceptionally for Costa Rica at the World Cup, Arsenal fans were excited to see if Campbell could excel in the Premier League. But the fact remains that Campbell has very little experience at the top level of football. His transfer value has been inflated by the summer tournament and Wenger will be tempted to cash in if he thinks to going is as good as it is going to get with the forward.

There is also the potential to send Campbell out on loan again either to a domestic or European club. Allowing Campbell to join a fellow Premier League club would allow Wenger to see if he can succeed in the English game, but a bigger European club would give Campbell the chance to excel in a quality team. 

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