by Lewis Ambrose
Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has ruled out a move for Arsenal forward Joel Campbell.
Benfica were on the end of a good performance from Campbell at the Emirates Cup last season and subsequently linked with him, but the president of the club has said he isn’t a target this summer.
“Anderlecht striker Aleksander Mitrovic is not on our radar as a target for next season,” Vieira told Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
“The same can be said for the other players that are repeatedly associated with Benfica, Joel Campbell.
“I’m sure someone is very interested, but he is not in our plans.”
After four frustrating years, Campbell finally looks set to leave Arsenal permanently.
The Costa Rican international has had loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiakos and most recently Villarreal but only appeared 10 times for Arsenal before being loaned out yet again in January.
After a good 2013/14 season in Greece was followed by an impressive World Cup campaign it seems as though Wenger wanted a closer look on the forward, who wasn’t up to the test.
Just four of Campbell’s appearances came in the Premier League and he started just two games – a Capital One Cup tie against Southampton and an almost meaningless Champions League games against Galatasaray.