It is pretty clear that Joel Campbell doesn’t have much of a future at Arsenal, and a move to Palermo may well be back on.
The Italian club had already shown an interest in the forward, before appearing reluctant to pay the asking price set by the Gunners.
Now, according to Sky Italia, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini will travel to London on Thursday to try and complete a deal for the Costa Rica international. Interest was knocked back earlier in the window when Arsenal asked the Italian side to double their offer of £3.5M to sign the player. Palermo sold Paulo Dybala for around £22M earlier in the summer and have spent just £6m so far in the transfer window.
Campbell signed a new deal with Arsenal in January before heading out on loan to Villarreal, where he also failed to impress.
“He always has a market in major European leagues,” his agent told La Nacional, “but he renewed with Arsenal in January and then after the transfer to Villarreal went back to the club.”
By all accounts Campbell seems willing to try and prove himself at Arsenal, but that is incredibly unlikely. The Gunners may yet sign another player in this window and he currently finds himself behind Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sánchez, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck up front and out wide, where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla are also considered options.
At this point the best thing for everyone would be for Campbell to move, so maybe Palermo can seal a deal before the window closes at the end of the month.