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Wenger will apply for a Special Talent work permit in order to get Campbell on boardArsenal have reportedly been very busy in the transfer market recently with offers for both Juan Mata and Phil Jagielka being made.

But a player whose Arsenal future is uncertain is that of Costa Rican youngster Joel Campbell. Some sources claim Arsenal have signed the highly rated Saprissa star whilst others state the deal isn’t official yet.

However the Costa Rican news channel Teletica has confirmed that a deal is in place with Arsenal and the Costa Rica manager Ricardo La Volpe says Campbell will join the Gunners after the Under-20 World Cup.

The deal, believed to be around £1.22m, could be announced on Tuesday but Campbell’s age (19) and lack of international caps could work against him as his work permit may be refused.

Campbell has not been involved in at least 75 per cent of Costa Rica’s senior matches over the last few years, which is a requirement in order to secure a work permit to play in the Premier League.

However, according to Fifa agent Joachim Batica, who is also representing Arsenal in the deal, the 19-year-old striker will apply for a special talent visa, which could allow him to complete a move to the Gunners.

Campbell has attracted the attention of a lot of other top clubs including Manchester United and Juventus, but Arsenal have appeared to have won the battle. Will Campbell’s special talent visa be accepted? Or will his dream move fall through?

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  1. nicky

    July 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    I’ve heard that the deal has fallen through because Campbell failed to turn up for a planned medical. If that’s true and there is no acceptable explanation, forget him, however good he might be.

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