Palermo’s club president, Maurizio Zamparini, has admitted that talks regarding a deal for Arsenal striker, Joel Campbell, are currently frozen.
The 23-year-old has been cast into the shadows of the senior side after a failed loan move to Villarreal convinced Arsene Wenger there was no future at Arsenal for the winger.
Campbell found the net on just one occasion during 15 appearances with the La Liga side, and activity in the attacking positions with the Gunners has only increased during his absence.
The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck are competing for a place on the flanks every week, which has ultimately forced the Costa Rican down the pecking order.
And in a desperate attempt to find a new club in Europe before the 2015/16 campaign gets into full flow, a firm target in Palermo have now spoken out about the ongoing negotiations.
Zamparini, who takes a heavy involvement with the transfer activity of his Italian side, has admitted that Arsenal are the ones at fault, as they are unwilling to drop their valuation.
Whilst talking to Italian media outlet, Giornale di Secilla, the club president admitted his frustrations over the time it is taking to get the switch completed,
I’m here in London to try a final drive for the player, but Arsenal aren’t moving from their initial positions.
Campbell is unattainable as of now.
If some margins open up for a negotiation then all for the better, otherwise we can’t do anything.
The valuation of Campbell is believed to be in the region £3million which could rise to £5million with significant add-ons, and it’s hard to believe the players wages are the problem here.
At the end of the day, the winger wants a move just as much as the Gunners, but Wenger has every right to hold out for the money he has asked for.
Campbell signed a contract extension back in January before heading out to spend the remainder of the season at Villarreal, so the deal probably has something to do with a buy-out clause.