According to various reports, Joel Campbell could be playing Premier League football next season for newly-promoted side Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Costa Rican forward, 24, is set to enter his final year of his contract with Arsenal this summer, and after a frustrating loan spell at Sporting this season it’s unlikely he’s done enough to convince manager Arsene Wenger to consider him in his first-team plans.
However, Brighton are seen as the favourites for his signature and have reportedly put him on their shortlist for summer acquisitions. The Seagulls won’t overspend, but Campbell could be available for a cut-price if the two clubs are able to negotiate.
Sporting ultimately felt a valuation of £8.5m was too much for a player that has shown flashes of individual ability but hasn’t performed consistently well on a regular basis under Jorge Jesus’ in Portugal.
Having spent time on-loan at Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiakos, Villarreal and most recently Sporting since signing for £850,000 in 2011, it’s understandable that Campbell will seek clarity on his long-term future with the Gunners once he returns this summer.
He may seek a move elsewhere in Europe if Brighton are not interested in a permanent deal, but he’ll be keen to silence his critics and impress in his next move, especially if he could feature for another Premier League club.
News has hinted that if signed for Brighton, Campbell could play as a striker alongside Glenn Murray. One fan suggests it’d be worth a try saying, “Could be an interesting punt. He did well at the WC and is the type of player that could compliment Murray in a big man little man attack.“