Real Sociedad sporting director Loren has confirmed Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is likely to leave the Emirates Stadium to join David Moyes' side while lamenting losing Danny Ings to Liverpool.
Moyes is desperately looking to bolster the Real Sociedad attack since the January transfer window when, after weeks of negotiations with Campbell, the Costa Rica international moved on loan to Villarreal – as part of the deal that saw centre-back Gabriel Paulista move in the other direction on a permanent basis.
The former Manchester United manager had identified Ings as his top priority this summer. However, he once again lost the battle for his signing after earlier this week Liverpool announced the England Under-21 international will move to Anfield once his contract with Burnley expires on 1 July, although they are still negotiating a compensation fee with the Clarets.
And now the Real Sociedad sporting director has confirmed that after missing out on Ings, Campbell is one of their priorities while the Costa Rican is also keen on moving to San Sebastian.
"We knew that signing Ings was difficult because the English market is soaring. But there was a possibility and we worked until the end," Loren admitted, according to AS.
"[And signing Campell] it is not easy. He is a player with a high value and Arsenal are not quick in negotiations. We have interest in him and the boss wants him but we have to work with patience. The player has already expressed his desire to come here and now we have to find the formula to make it financially possible."
Having joined Arsenal in summer 2011, Campbell was sent on loan to Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos during three consecutive seasons before returning to north London in summer 2014 following his impressive World Cup.
But after struggling for playing time at the Gunners he was sent on loan once again to Villarreal in January – just after signing a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.
With huge competition in Wenger's ranks the French boss may need to make a decision on whether to part ways with him on a permanent basis to fund new additions or opt for another loan move away.