Joel Campbell’s impressive World Cup performances are turning heads in Italy, according to the player’s agent.
The 22-year-old has led the line for Costa Rica with considerable swagger in their run to the quarter-finals and although he’s expected to report for pre-season training at London Colney there have been no guarantees from Arsene Wenger that the striker has a long-term future at the Emirates.
Already with experience playing in France, Spain and Greece over the course of the last three years, there were rumours last week that AC Milan are interested in luring Campbell to the San Siro.
Speaking to MilanNews [translated by football-italia.net], representative Roger Lacey took the opportunity to play up his client’s qualities in that weird football agent ‘doublespeak’ we’ve all come to be wary of.
“Are Italian teams interested? Yes. There are several clubs who are in the top band that have made enquiries about the boy.
“We are talking about a great player here, who has captured everyone’s attention.
“Milan? There hasn’t been anything concrete from them. His future at Arsenal is to be assessed after the World Cup.”
Having never played for the Gunners it’s hardly surprising that other clubs are viewing Campbell’s promise and potential as attractive.
The question facing Wenger is whether he thinks Campbell is first team material or if, like he has done with Vela, he can turn a tidy profit on a player and use the cash elsewhere – a point made in this article on ESPN by @arseblog.