Joel Campbell has been a star for Costa Rica at the ongoing 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
The 22-year-old has been a key player for the Central American nation, as they have defied the odds to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
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Campbell is still on the books of Arsenal, but he has yet to play a first-team match for the Gunners.
The striker joined the North London outfit from Deportivo Saprissa in the summer of 2011, but failure to obtain a work permit saw him loaned out to FC Lorient. He has since played on loan for Real Betis and Olympiacos, and has also been granted the necessary rights to play in England.
The youngster has been backed by many to earn a place in Arsenal’s squad next season, but a FIFA agent who works with Campbell’s agency has now stated that a number of clubs from Italy are monitoring his development.
‘Yes, there are several clubs from the top tier who often make enquiries about him,’ Ruggero Lacerenza told Milannews.it. ‘We are speaking about a great player who is capturing the attention of everyone.
‘I deny any concrete contact with Milan. His future with Arsenal will be assessed after the World Cup. He is focused on his professional and personal growth and is already at a top club. His future will be evaluated with calm’.
When asked if the market value of Campbell is €20 million (£16m), Lacerenza replied: ‘Yes, his valuation could be around that figure’.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has yet to make a concrete decision – at least publicly - on whether to make Campbell part of his first team next season.
Despite Campbell’s impressive performances for Olympiacos last season and his heroics at the World Cup, it seems that there are still concerns at the Emirates Stadium if he is ready for the Premier League.
But is Campbell really worth €20m? And will any club pay that much for a young player who has yet to be tested week in week out in a top domestic league and is still developing?
It should be noted that the €20m figure was thrown at Lacerenza, who understandably would not lower the market value of his client.
But now that his value has been set, Arsenal could be a big winner if a club is ready to pay that sum – they could use it to fund a move for an already established top quality centre-forward they are currently looking for.