After failing to build on his positive performances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Campbell could be headed for an early Arsenal exit. It is reported that La Liga side Real Sociedad are offering £6 million for the 22-year-old Costa Rica international.La Real have turned their focus on Campbell after failing in their attempt to lure English forward Danny Ings to San Sebastian.
The Spanish club’s president admits the Costa Rica international is “an interesting player” for his side but is unsure whether a move would be financially viable. Real Sociedad are hopeful of signing Arsenal forward Joel Campbell this summer. The Basque outfit, however, have yet to begin negotiations with the Gunners to acquire the Costa Rica international.
Real Sociedad president JokinAperribay admits the club would be keen on a move for Arsenal forward Joel Campbell. La Real, coached by former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes, are keen to reinforce their attacking line for the 2015/2016 campaign.
When asked about the player, Aperribay said: “He is an interesting player for La Real. However, at this time there is no negotiation regarding a transfer. We have to analyses the financial conditions that this transfer would pose.”
Campbell joined Arsenal in 2011 but has made only 10 appearances for the club after loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos, and now Sociedad is keen on the Costa Rica international. Campbell certainly boasts potential, particularly his pace and devilish left foot. He came close to joining La Real in the winter transfer market but has played instead on loan at Spanish side Villarreal for the past six months.
Campbell made just four Premier League appearances, all off the bench, for the Gunners before being loaned out to Villarreal, but Campbell then scored just once in Spain’s top flight. While as he got a rare start as in the League Cup against Southampton, the FA Cup against Hull City and against Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League, Campbell hardly impressed.
The club has competed in the UEFA Champions League twice. In the 2003/2004 season the club made it to the round of 16 before losing to French club Olympique Lyon.
“Campbell was saddened not to come to La Real in January and he would happily come back to play in the Spanish league,” Aperribay said. “In any case we are in no hurry to make a signing. We need to be patient because the important thing is to sign the right player and to do so while respecting Real Sociedad’s budget.”