Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has been given green signal to hold talks with Turkish club Galatasaray’s officials to finalise a potential move to Istanbul, as reports recently claimed that the Galatasaray’s general secretary Fatih İsbecer has reached London to meet the player.
According to a report from Radyospor, Turkish giants Galatasaray are desperately looking to strengthen their team this January as they are trying to catch up in the Super Lig title race to challenge fierce city rivals Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
Galatasaray have already managed to sign Dutch defender Ryan Donk this month and are now looking to secure the deal for Campbell as well.
The Costa Rican attacker, who became a surprise package of the 2014 World Cup, has been a frustrated figure for most of his career at Arsenal.
Since 2011, he has endured loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiacos and Villarreal and despite showing so much potential, only an injury crisis gave him a chance to finally clinch the first team appearance in November, having had to warm the bench for the opening three months of this season.
However, Galatasaray now leading the race to sign Campbell and they can strike a deal at a reasonable price as the player has only six months left on his current Arsenal contract. But it is suggested that Arsene Wenger might not sell him in the middle of the season because of the ongoing injury crisis.
Unless another striker or winger arrives this January, Arsenal will be reluctant to lose any of their current players. But Campbell has the permission to hold talks with other clubs now in order to sign a pre-contract agreement which would allow him to leave as a free agent at the end of this season. If Arsenal decides to block any possible move in January, the meetings with Galatasaray officials could still prove to be productive for Joel Campbell, who is not likely to hold on to his first eleven places as a regular when everyone recovers from respective injuries.
If Campbell decides to leave for Turkey over the next six months, he would be following in the footsteps of the German star, Lukas Podolski, who parted away with Arsenal for Galatasaray last the summer.