Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has reportedly jetted into London in order to conclude a deal for our forward Joel Campbell, who has been non-existent in terms of our preparation for the season, the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio reports.
Campbell’s involvement in the Gold Cup hasn’t helped matters, with the competition starting on July 9th and the forward has only recently returned to training.
After being sent out on loan for the second half of last season to Villarreal, it was always going to be difficult for Campbell to re-establish himself in the team.
The odds haven’t been stacked in his favour either. Of the first team players to have been sent out on loan at some point last season, all of them have departed the club again this summer in some capacity – apart from Campbell.
It seems as though the Italian side are keen on the 23-year-old but with a president like Zamparini, dealing with Palermo could become rather unpredictable.
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Wenger claimed in his media briefing on Friday that we hadn’t reached an agreement with Palermo for Campbell, but didn’t really profess his desire to keep hold of him, James Olley from The Evening Standard reports.
Wenger says no agreement reached with Palermo over Campbell and club are not in discussions with Monreal over a new deal.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) August 14, 2015
Campbell’s exit does seem imminent, but the club also – and quite rightly – will want to get the best deal for him given that he recently extended his contract.