Arsenal Set To Beat Barcelona In Race For Costa Rican Striker

Emirates Stadium side will get one over Nou Camp rivals.

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Arsenal are set to beat off competition from Barcelona and a host of other La Liga clubs to sign C.D. Saprissa striker Joel Campbell.

The 19-year-old is one of South America’s most wanted players this summer after a string of impressive performances for club and country.

The Costa Rica international caught the eye during the Gold Cup and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will make a £2million move now, rather than wait.

The pacy frontman, who can also play on the left wing, has been watched by the club on numerous occasions.

Arsenal assistant chief executive Richard Law has flown to the region to begin discussions, according to Young Guns.

Law is in charge of Arsenal’s transfers and operations in America, and is a respected negotiator who speaks a number of different languages.

He was in Argentina last month attempting to sign Vélez Sársfield midfielder Ricardo Álvarez, but that broke down over the club’s refusal to match Inter Milan’s structured offer.

Campbell has one-year left to run on his contract, but Wenger wants a deal in place before the forward plays in the U20 World Cup finals, with the player reportedly keen to have his future sorted by then too.

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