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Sporting director in London for talks over Arsenal star Joel Campbell - report

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio is reportedly in London on a mission to secure the services of Arsenal forward Joel Campbell.

Joel Campbell was one of the revelations of the World Cup, announcing his presence to the globe with some impressive performances for a plucky Costa Rica side.

The 22-year-old claimed a goal and an assist as Los Ticos made a remarkable run to the quarter-finals in Brazil only to fall to the Netherlands on penalties.

After three seasons out on loan in France Spain and Greece, the Arsenal-owned forward appeared primed to at last get his chance with the Gunners on the back of his success.

Arsene Wenger did see fit to keep him at the Emirates despite a strong push from Portuguese giants Benfica, but things haven’t turned out the way that Campbell would have hoped.

To date he’s played just 37 minutes of Premier League football, with reports last month claiming that the youngster has grown impatient with the situation at Arsenal.

Swansea, Everton and West Bromwich Albion have all been linked with moves for Campbell in turn, though interest from Italy has always been high.

Inter were said to want Campbell back in the summer and seemingly have doubled back for him with his Arsenal future in doubt.

After monitoring Campbell through the autumn, the Nerazzurri appeared to have made a concrete move to pry the Costa Rican away from the Gunners.

According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio is in London to firm up his side’s interest in Campbell.

Ausilio has reportedly already had contact with the 22-year-old’s agent and it seems he’ll look to open talks with the Gunners after attending Chelsea and Tottenham’s clash at Stamford Bridge.

Inter have long been in search of a versatile forward who can add width to their play, with Erik Lamela and Alessio Cerci also targets, but ones that are almost certainly beyond reach.

Ausilio and company look to have chosen to focus on Campbell as he would be far less expensive and could be open to a move in order to get regular first-team football.

It remains to be seen if Arsenal will fight to only allow Campbell to leave on loan, granting the Costa Rican more minutes but prolonging his ties to the Emirates.

The player’s will should play a big role in determining what becomes of him in January, as a permanent switch to San Siro may be too tempting for the youngster to pass up.

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