Monday, 18th July, 2011

The chairman of Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa has hailed the expected transfer of Joel Campbell to Arsenal as a "great deal".

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger watched with interest as Campbell started all three of Costa Rica’s games at the 2011 Copa America, scoring in the 2-0 win over Bolivia.

But it was not just the 19-year-old’s performances in Argentina that caught Wenger’s eye, with the Gunners boss tracking the Costa Rican for some time according to local newspaper Al Dia.

Indeed, Arsenal scout Richard Law and agent Joaquim Batica are both present in the Central American country to conclude the final details of the deal.

And it is a deal which has caused Deportivo Saprissa to be honoured that one of their own will be making the trip to the Emirates.

"Barring a huge setback, he will play at Arsenal", confirmed Deportivo Saprissa chairman Juan Carlos Rojas Callan.

"This is a great deal for us and for all local football."

Campbell is expected to sign a five-year contract with Arsenal and the Gunners will pay €1M for his services.

The only cloud on the horizon is that the Costa Rican youngster has yet to be granted a work permit and with just six senior international caps to his name, the process of obtaining one could slow his move down.

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