Joel Campbell will apparently have a medical this evening ahead of the completion of his transfer to Arsenal, his father Humberto has confirmed when talking to La Prensa Libre.
Rumours have been hotting up this week about Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell’s surprise move from Deportivo Saprissa. Just yesterday we reported that the 19-year-old has agreed personal terms with Arsenal, but is likely to go on loan and secure a work permit before joining Arsenal permanently.
Humberto Campbell confirmed the plans for a medical this evening, in an interview with La Prensa Libre.
“These tests will be in the Cima hospital and supervised by the people of Arsenal.” Everything is virtually ready.”
An unknown Premier League team had looked set to hijack the deal, but Richard Law met last night with both player and family following the rival bid. Law managed to persuade the family to ignore that interest, and after increasing the initial £930,000 bid to over £1 million, all parties are happy.
Campbell senior also confirmed Arsenal will be lodging a bid for a special talent work permit in a bid to gain his services now rather than sending him out on a season long loan, but this may have to wait until after the Under 20 World Cup.
We will keep you updated on the situation, but this is starting to look all of a sudden more serious. Whether it is something we should get excited about or not we will have to wait and see as he might have to follow a similar path to Ryo Miyaichi and be sent on a season long loan elsewhere in Europe before he can obtain a visa to play in England.