Olympiakos open talks with Arsenal over signing Joel Campbell
Greek champions Olympiakos have opened talks with Arsenal over the permanent signing of Joel Campbell.
The Costa Rica youngster, who is spending the season on loan in Piraeus, wants to stay in Greece after becoming a key player at the Karaiskakis Stadium.
Campbell, who joined the Gunners in 2011 from Deportivo Saprissa, was granted a work permit last summer following a season on loan to Real Betis, but Wenger still decided to send him to the continent for another term.
As Gooner Talk exclusively revealed on Saturday, the 21-year-old is now subject of preliminary negotiations between Arsenal and Olympiakos – with the latter keen on engineering a permanent move to Greece.
“It is a matter between the two clubs. However, from the beginning it was difficult, since Joel belongs to a big club like Arsenal and this, as you know, makes things more complicated”, said Campbell’s agent.
“It’s a critical year for Campbell. There is also the World Cup ahead. But, as I said, he is happy in Greece and Olympiakos.
“He would not be happy to be in one of the top leagues but to stay on the bench”.
A buy-out fee in the region of 8 million euros (£6.6m) has been reported for the versatile forward.