Joel Campbell’s agent, Joaquim Batica, has revealed that the Arsenal striker was keen on a move to either AC Milan or Roma during the closing stages of the summer transfer window.
Batica directed criticism at manager Arsene Wenger last week after seeing the Frenchman block a late transfer to Benfica on deadline day, despite the £16 million signing of Danny Welbeck pushing the Costa Rica international further down the pecking order.
Now he has revealed to Canale Fgm that contact with Milan and Roma had left Campbell eager to make the switch to Serie A, while also noting that Fiorentina were the club who were most interested in his client’s services.
‘In the summer, I received many calls from Italy. Joel likes AC Milan and Roma and he was hoping for a call from these two clubs,’ he said.
‘There was contact with Milan, and Roma were thinking of Campbell in the case that Mattia Destro left. But in reality, the Italian club that moved most concretely for Campbell was Fiorentina, even if the deal did not go ahead.’
Having first joined Arsenal from local club Saprissa in August 2011, Campbell is getting his first proper taste of life at the Emirates this season, following three consecutive campaigns spent out on loan at FC Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos, respectively, with his starring role at the World Cup thought to have opened up first-team opportunities.
However, after on-going speculation surrounding his future over the summer, the Costa Rican marksman has seen just 16 minutes of Premier League action so far, and it remains to be seen where he fits in Wenger’s plans going forward.