I actually went to bed some hours ago, but was struck by a bout of insomnia. Giving up on the idea of sleep, I turned on my laptop. Turns out my tossing and turning was predestined, for it can only be that I was meant to find out that Joel Campbell has finally agreed to join Arsenal. It’s a transfer I’ve followed for some time, and now it looks as if it’s approaching its conclusion.
After quoting the President of Campbell’s club, Saprissa, as saying that negotiations were still ongoing, Costa Rican news channel Teletica have now confirmed an agreement is in place.
In an attempt to end some speculation and allow the player to focus on the forthcoming U-20 World Cup, his international coaches told the station that the player will join The Gunners once the tournament has ended.
Campbell himself declared his happiness and thanked his family for their sacrifices to help him to get where he is – although his father’s dubious negotiating tactics looked, at one point, to have scuppered any deal.
For any Spanish speakers among you, a video of interviews with the coaching staff and Campbell himself can be found here.
It remains to be seen whether or not Campbell would be awarded a work permit or whether he would move to La Liga on loan.
Right. Let’s try sleep again…