Arsenal playing hardball over transfer

Arsenal are understood to have made it clear that they will only let forward Joel Campbell move to Palermo this summer if they double their initial offer of £3.5m for him, according to reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian side were believed to be initially looking to sign the Costa Rican on loan for the 2015-16 season. However, with the north London giants known to be open to the prospect of selling him permanently, the club have made up their mind to purchase him this summer.

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Another Arsenal forward on verge of Turkish move

Merely days after Lukas Podolski’s transfer from Arsenal to Galatasaray, another Turkish side is again being linked with a move for a Gunners forward. According to reports in The Metro, Besiktas have now agreed a deal with the north London side over the prospect of signing their flop forward Joel Campbell.

It is reported that Arsene Wenger’s side have accepted a £3.5m transfer bid for the player, with him having also agreed to personal terms with the Turks.

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Arsenal flop agrees to move to Fenerbahce

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, who never really managed to make a mark with his performances during his stay at the club, has finally agreed to move away from the Emirates Stadium permanently and join Turkish side Fenerbahce, according to reports in Milliyet.

Since his move to the north London club from Costa Rican club Saprissa in the summer of 2011, Campbell has managed to make just 10 appearances for Arsenal, failing to find the back of the net even once. He spent most of his time on loan at a number of sides like Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiacos and most recently Villarreal.

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Former Man United boss hoping to sign Arsenal outcast this summer

Real Sociedad manager David Moyes, who has also spent his time in the Premier League managing the likes of Everton and Manchester United in the past, is understood to have become interested in signing Arsenal forward Joel Campbell this summer. And according to reports in Spanish publication Marca, the La Liga side have become the frontrunners in the race to sign the Costa Rican.

The 22 year old moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2011 from Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa. However, work permit issues, and a failure to show the class to cement his place in the permanent first team plans of Arsene Wenger, saw the youngster spending his time on loan at the likes of Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiacos and most recently Villarreal, where he was sent as makeweight to facilitate Gabriel Paulista’s move to the Emirates Stadium in January.

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Arsenal set for tough draw in Champions League qualifiers

UEFA boss Michel Platini’s craving to see more domestic title-holders in Europe’s lower leagues could see Arsenal face a tough draw in the Champions League qualifiers. The Gunners are seeded for the draw tomorrow, indicating that they will play their second leg at the Emirates. While they will be relieved at the prospect of playing teams like Metalist Kharkiv of Ukraine or Pacos de Ferreira of Portugal, they could also face the prospect of facing some tricky teams. Continue reading

Vela rules out Arsenal return

Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela has effectively ruled out a return move to his previous club Arsenal, according to the Express. It was being rumoured that Arsenal were willing to exercise the buy-back clause in his contract in a bid to get him back to the Emirates.

Vela has hit impressive form since joining Sociedad last summer, scoring 11 goals for them in La Liga, which has prompted a renewed interest in the Gunners given their lack of depth in striking options this season. The 23 year old Mexican spent a great deal of his time on loan whilst with Arsenal and consequently just managed to secure 29 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in long spell from 2005-2012. Continue reading