Campbell Deal Delayed

Hello all.  Just a quick one from me to let you know that there’s no need to stay up all night checking Costa Rican websites hoping to see news of an Arsenal signing.  Striker Joel Campbell’s move has hit a snag and will be held up.

Despite undergoing a medical attended by Arsenal officials at a local hospital, the player’s father has now said they will wait until after his participation in the U-20 World Cup before making any decision.  He said:

“We have decided we will not sign anything yet; we expect to finish the World Cup to for Joel to go and play calmly and without pressure, then see what happens.

The offer from Arsenal remains on the table – we are not saying no, we are asking for time.”

Rather unfortunately, Humberto Campbell’s decision comes amidst rumours of rival interest from Spain, Russia, and England. It seems Richard Law will now return to England without the player’s signature.

The earliest date Campbell could be free from his international duty is 6th August.  If Costa Rica do well in the competition, he could be at the tournament until 20th August.

In my opinion there are two possible reasons for the decision to delay: the first is that they are waiting to see if Arsenal can be successful in their application for a special talent visa.  The second, and unfortunately more likely, is that they’re hoping that a good showing in Colombia will enable them to demand more money from Arsenal or a string of other suitors.

Whilst we’ve clearly tried to get this deal sewn up as swiftly as possible, it is in the interests of the player and his representatives to drag it out.  I’ve enjoyed bringing you all updates on this transfer, but it seems like any imminent activity is unlikely.

The Denilson to Sao Paulo deal, however, does appear to have been tied up.  Night all.

Gunnerblog is the brainchild of childbrained football writer James McNicholas. Aside from Gunnerblog, James currently contributes to Bleacher Report, The Mirror and ESPN.

94 Comments

  1. Lettraggad   •  

    Thanks for update … This one has probably gotten away then, The trend nowadays seems to be follow Arsenals move and outbid them..

  2. Mark   •  

    That’s another player we lost for being cheap skates

  3. Sniff   •  

    Cheers GS.

    Mark – it has nothing to do with us being cheapskates. The player’s representatives want to test the market. Nobody is sure how the WC will alter his value.

  4. DJ   •  

    Shame this news got into the papers before we could seal the deal……

    Now the agents want to put him in the shop window.

    I guess we’ll stick with Bendtner then (jumps off bridge).

  5. Andythegooner   •  

    Poor decision from Campbell’s father which could cost his son a dream move. It’s not everyday a top club is willing to invest time and money in a young and relatively unknown player. The player’s club will likely swiftly force the deal through. If not it would not be a surprise if Arsenal walk away…

  6. Andy   •  

    Poor decision from Campbell’s father which could cost his son a dream move. It’s not everyday a top club is willing to invest time and money in a young and relatively unknown player. The
    player’s club will likely swiftly force the deal through. If not it would not be a surprise if Arsenal walk away…

  7. Matt   •  

    If we are gazumped on this deal once again I think there’s a case to be made that the blogosphere and twitter are helping to scupper our transfer business.

    You can guarantee that people who work in recruitment for other big clubs, if not the scouts themselves, scour the internet and football blogs just like journalists clearly do.

    Arsenal are known for their scouting networks and their ability to unearth young talent from obscure parts of the globe. We also have one of the most extensive, active and widely read blog networks. Your good self and then Arseblog covered the Campbell story in some detail this week, translating all the Costa Rican press coverage.

    Arsenal FC will have wanted to move quickly and do the transfer as quietly and swiftly as possible but I can just imagine that in the last day or two Campbell’s agent and father have received phone calls from people connected to the three clubs who finished above us saying “whoah, what’s the rush? Take your time. We can offer you twice, three or ten times what Arsenal can. How big is your house, Mr Campbell? Have you ever wanted a Ferrari or a yacht?” etc etc…

    I’m not blaming blog writers and obviously the other clubs could well have been on the case anyway but it might be that by trying to boost your readership and quench your readers thirst for information and current need for good news you are inadvertedly working against the best interests of the club and its fans.

  8. gunnerbill   •  

    fuckers city sniffing round i bet

  9. deji   •  

    I don’t think a lot of us Arsenal folk will be losing a lot of sleep if this transfer were to fall through but it does set a precedent for the future cos the man cities and chelseas of the world are just going to think they can outbid us everytime. *sigh* it does leave a bit of a bitter taste in one’s mouth

  10. ol   •  

    City might be on it. Thats the same way we ‘stole’ Gallindo from everton, they brought the guy over for a trial and we truned his head

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  12. Shonky   •  

    Good job breaking the story, Gunnerblog. One can’t be sure of all the contributory factors but perhaps if you hadn’t broken news of this deal prematurely, this chap would already have signed.

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