Vidal In Arsenal Link
Arsenal are being linked with a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.
The Chile international looks set to quit Bayern following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti as head coach and the arrival of Jupp Heynckes as his replacement. He made his first league start under Heynckes when he played the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Hamburg.
Vidal is being linked with a number of clubs and Italian newspaper Tuttosport believes the Gunners are one of the potential candidates.
However, an Arsenal move for Vidal looks unlikely for one reason only: his age. He turned 30 in May and Arsene Wenger rarely makes a move for players once they reach that age.
Vidal is also being linked with Inter Milan with the Serie A club in pole position to sign him.
However, Uefa’s Financial Fair Play restrictions mean Inter will have to sell before they can buy. That could mean an exit for one-time Arsenal transfer target Marcelo Brozovic.
Arsenal were linked with the Croatia international in the summer of 2016. However, he elected to sign a new deal with Inter.
Campbell Eyeing Up Permanent Move
Arsenal forward Joel Campbell wants his loan move to Real Betis to become permanent. The Costa Rica international is out of contract at the end of the season and has already revealed that he won’t be signing a new deal with the Gunners.
Campbell is in his second loan spell at La Liga side Betis. He scored just twice in 33 league and cup appearances during his loan in the 2012-13 campaign and he joined the club in August despite recovering from a knee injury. But he regards his move as a vote of confidence.
“I value it a lot because it is not easy for a team to look at a player who is injured and they have placed a lot of confidence in me,” he told La Nacion.
“They have treated me very well throughout the rehabilitation, they have taken me step by step, they have had a lot of patience and I will try to repay them in the field.”
Campbell scored on his comeback in the 6-3 home defeat to Valencia and started his first game for the club in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Alaves.
‘I will try to give my best this season,” he said Campbell. “Perhaps in the end the club will be happy with what I do and they want to bet on me.”