21-year-old Joel Campbell is currently an Arsenal player and has been since 2011. However, Campbell is yet to make an appearance for the Gunners, having spent the last three seasons on loan at Lorient, Real Betis, and Olympiakos.
Campbell is primarily a forward but his pace allows for a wider position variation if needs be. The Costa Rican international came to the average football fans’ attention after he scored a stunner versus Manchester United in the Round of 16 of the Champions League last season.
Joel Campbell is currently on international duty at the World Cup with Costa Rica. At the time of writing he has scored one and assisted another in Costa Rica’s opening group game versus Uruguay. He also played 74 minutes in their victory over Italy.
Big Sam, spend some money!
Arsenal are looking to give Campbell his first chance for the team after his recent impressive performances for Olympiakos. There is rumoured interest from AC Milan as Arsenal reportedly steps up their chase for Mario Balotelli. There has been very little discussed in terms of a price tag for a permanent move, and due to the low age and high prospect of Campbell, the price is likely to be close to exceeding £10 million, although performing well at a World Cup is a sure fire way to drive your price up.
In my personal opinion, with the reasonably high price tag, along with the interest from clubs like AC Milan of which Arsenal are looking to do a deal with, it is unlikely that the Gunners will allow a permanent switch for Joel Campbell.
West Ham have already spent a large part of their transfer budget on Cheikhou Kouyaté, and are unlikely to exceed the amount spent on him again, this transfer window.
Joel Campbell is fast becoming one of the top prospects of world football. He is showing the potential to be a game changer for Arsenal, let alone West Ham. There has to be no question that if West Ham could secure the signing of Joel Campbell it would be a remarkable coup. Which is another reason as to why it is unlikely.