So it’s official then, Arsenal have agreed terms with Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa to sign another teenage up-and coming player, this time in the form of striker Joel Campbell.
The 19-year-old who was in the Costa Rica squad for the recent Copa América and the Under-20 World Cup, has chosen the Gunners despite strong interest from a host of top European clubs.
From the official Arsenal website:
Born in the Costa Rican capital San José, Campbell is predominantly left-footed and has made six full international appearances, scoring twice. He scored on his debut in a 5-0 win over Cuba at this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, helping his side to the Quarter-Final of the competition.
Campbell added a second to his tally against Bolivia in the Copa América. He has also scored ten times in twelve appearances at Under-20 level, including two goals in three appearances in the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia.
Campbell has had two seasons in his native Primera División, where he played for Deportivo Saprissa and on loan at Puntarenas, making a total of eight league appearances.
Deportivo Saprissa is one of the top clubs in the CONCACAF region and has won the Costa Rican Premier League a record 29 times.
The transfer is still subject to the completion of formal agreements and processes, with Arsène Wenger stating of the foward: “Joel Campbell has already shown that he is a player with great ability, and has also performed well on the international stage at a young age. We look forward to the formalities of the transfer being completed and working with Joel when he joins us at Arsenal.”
Welcome to Arsenal then Campbell, I assume he has been brought in as a replacement for Bendtner who is inevitably leaving once a team man’s-up and pays the appropriate price. At a extremely cheap price of around £1m, Joel Campbells a bargain. He is likely to feature for the reserve team in the near future, and if all goes well will be in the youth-injected Carling and FA Cup squads.