Arsenal are monitoring Joel Campbell’s medical and are in negotiations to bring him to the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners prepare for their Champions League final.
The 25-year-old has a contract with the Emirates until 2019 but Arsenal are hoping to tie him down for the last year of the deal to keep him with the club.
Speaking at the club’s training ground, Arsene Wenger said: “We are monitoring him, we are watching him as well, and we want to get him to sign a contract.
We are very close to that.””
We are in dialogue with Joel and he will sign a new contract with Arsenal,” he added.
“We will see what happens.”
Arsenal are in the final year of his current deal, which is worth around £50,000-a-week, and are keen to secure his services as the club prepare for the final four matches of the season.
In addition to his £25,000 a week contract, Campbell will have his salary reduced to £8,000 in the new deal, with the remainder of his wages tied to the final 12 months of the contract.
Arsenal are also keen to bring the highly-rated Campbell on loan to the club, with a loan move to the Premier League club currently being discussed.
The Gunners were reportedly linked with a move for Campbell before he was released by Chelsea last summer and the player has now become a target for Arsene.
However, the France international has insisted he is not ready to move to Arsenal, despite the club being in the market for a new No. 10 this summer.
“I have been told by Arsenal that I am not ready yet,” Campbell said.
“It is a question of whether I am ready to go there or not.
It is a big club and I think it is a good club.
I love Arsenal and I am excited about coming here.”
“I am ready for the season and the competition, so I have been talking to Arsenal and they have given me their support.”
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