Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Sign Costa Rican Striker Joel Campbell

Ratan Postwalla@@ratanpostwallaCorrespondent IIAugust 12, 2011

Sign of the future: Joel Campbell (r) tangles with Wilson Palacios at the Copa America
Sign of the future: Joel Campbell (r) tangles with Wilson Palacios at the Copa AmericaMike Stobe/Getty Images

Arsenal Football Club have just announced an agreement with the exciting and highly promising 19-year-old Costa Rican international, Joel Campbell, according to the team's official website. Campbell was obtained for a fee believed to be in the region of £1 million per Young Guns writer Jamie Sanderson.

Campbell, who could have played for Ireland (via his Irish missionary grandfather), joins from Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa, for whom he made four senior appearances, scoring one goal.

The left-footed striker has also been capped six times by his country at senior level, scoring two goals. He was on the Costa Rican squad for the recently concluded Copa America tournament, hosted by Argentina, and scored a goal in his country's 2-0 victory over Bolivia.

Arsenal beat off competition from a number of Europe's top clubs to land the signature of the left-footed striker.

Manager Arsene Wenger said: "Joel Campbell has already shown that he is a player with great ability, and has also performed well on the international stage at a young age. We look forward to the formalities of the transfer being completed and working with Joel when he joins us at Arsenal."

Campbell will formally join the Club once all of the transfer formalities are completed.