Joel Campbell’s agent has travelled to London for showdown talks with Arsenal over the little-used striker’s future, according to ESPN FC.
Joaquim Batica, who criticised manager Arsene Wenger in the summer for not letting Campbell join Benfica, is understood to have been at the club’s training ground ahead of discussions on his client, as rumours of an imminent exit continue to swirl.
The Costa Rica international, 22, was expected to be given a regular role in the first-team this term following his impressive World Cup showing, as well as three successive season-long loans, but has so far found opportunities limited.
Still to start a Premier League game this term, a host of clubs have been linked to his signature in recent weeks as a result, with the Daily Mail reporting interest from Benfica, Real Sociedad, Swansea, Villarreal, and West Bromwich Albion.
According to Tutttomercatoweb.com, representatives from Sociedad have even been in London this week to discuss a potential transfer, while it has been mooted that the promising forward could be included in a deal for Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, who Wenger has admitted to being on the club’s radar.
Having already loaned out fellow front men Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo this month, sanctioning a departure for Campbell would seem like a risk for the Gunners, but the return of attacking talent such as Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil in recent weeks should ease concerns somewhat.