Saturday July 23 2011
Viola and Juve seek Costa Rica talent

Fiorentina and Juventus are battling several clubs for the signature of Costa Rica teenage talent Joel Campbell.

The 19-year-old striker impressed in the Copa America this summer and is likely to move on from Deportivo Saprissa.

According to Sensaciondeportiva, Fiorentina and Juventus are the primary Italian contenders for his signature after he turned down an offer from Arsenal.

"He has lost a great opportunity. From the outside he seems to be passing up the best opportunity of his life, but I still don't know how the matter will end,” FIFA agent Joachim Batica told La Nacion.

"I will do my best to give Joel other opportunities. I will continue working to see if there is any chance of re-opening negotiations.

"There is also an offer from Fiorentina for Campbell. Joel is aware of the offer and is discussing it with his family. It is a good deal, both from a sporting and economical perspective.

"There is also strong interest in France for Joel."

Elsewhere in Europe there are Champions League holders Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev and Rubin Kazan.