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.