On loan Arsenal star Joel Campbell scored another goal for Olympiakos last night as he continues a remarkable season with the Greek giants.
Campbell is on loan with the club until the end of the current season and he’s notched up a respectable set of figures so far; six goals and nine assists from 17 league games.
His goal last night against Asteras Tripolis was his first in the Greek Cup this season and he’s giving Olympiakos every reason to try and sign him on a permanent deal once his loan expires.
The Greek team do have a buying option in his current deal, as they paid a loan fee to get him to Greece as well as paying his wages.
That buying option is worth €8 million and if Arsene Wenger is willing to do a deal at the end of the season then the Gunners will have no choice than to release the 30 capped Costa Rican international for that amount.
and NO, Joel Campbell can’t be recalled from Olympiacos because they’re paying for the loan/wages. They have a buying option of €8m.— AFC Academy (@AFCAcademy) January 8, 2014
However, it’s dependant on Arsenal being willing to do a deal for Campbell and effectively not wanting to retain him for the rest of his contract, which currently expires in the summer of 2016.
He’s rapidly becoming a very experienced player and an effective one based on this season.
He’s spent time on loan with Lorient in Ligue One, Real Betis in La Liga and he’s now finding the back of the net more frequently than ever before in Olympiakos colours.
If he can maintain his effectiveness as he’s used in different attacking positions then there’s no reason why he can’t be on the fringes of the Arsenal first team next season. However, if Arsenal want to do a deal, they are hampered by that buying option the Greek team possess.
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