Joel Campbell is closing in on a move to Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray, according to reports in the country.
Turkish-Football relay reports from local outlet Takvim that Galatasaray have been in negotiations with Campbell’s representatives, with the player himself keen to move to the club. They add that the 25-year-old ‘isn’t expected to return’ to Arsenal.
There’s one major error in the Turkish-Football report though. They write ‘Campbell’s contract with the Gunners expires at the end of the month’, when in reality the forward has a contract with the club until the summer of 2019.
We know that for sure, because Campbell’s name doesn’t appear on the Premier League‘s list of Arsenal’s released players. The Gunners are required to put him on the list if they’re letting him go in July.
Galatasaray will therefore have to pay a transfer fee if they want to bring the Costa Rica international to Turkey. Either that or take him on yet another loan, but there would be little benefit to Arsenal letting that happen. He’d be out of contract on his return, and his recent loans haven’t been particularly productive anyway.
The winger hardly played at all last season, with Real Betis. A number of injuries kept him to nine appearances, in which he scored two goals and assisted one.
For now, Campbell is away with his country at the World Cup, so it’s unlikely we’ll see the transfer concluded until they exit the competition.