According to a report in Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion, Italian side Palermo are interested in taking Joel Campbell on loan for the season with an option to buy him next summer.
The 23-year-old striker is currently on holiday following his country’s Gold Cup campaign and is believed to be assessing his options with regular first team football under Arsene Wenger looking unlikely.
Campbell, who signed for Arsenal from homeland club Saprissa in 2011, has also been the subject of a rejected bid from Real Sociedad. David Moyes is understood to have tabled an offer that was dismissed out of hand by the Gunners board.
The attacker made 10 appearances in an Arsenal shirt last year before he was loaned to Villarreal in January. His move to Spain, which was preceded by the signing of a new contract at the Emirates, was the player’s fourth temporary move in the last four years after spells at Real Betis, French side Lorient and Greek giants Olympiakos.
La Nacion claim that Palermo’s sporting director, Manuel Gerolin, confirmed to them that president Maurizio Zamparini had already travelled to London to finalise a deal for Campbell. The Gunners are more keen to offload the player on a permanent basis, something the Italians are mulling over.