Loaned out Arsenal starlet linked with Turkish switch

Joel Campbell is being linked with a move to Fenerbahce or Galatasaray in Turkish media.

Any Arsenal fan who was not excited by the prospect that is Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell soon had that feeling remedied last month - when the on loan Olympiakos player managed to outgun Manchester United in the Champions League.

Campbell scored an exquisite goal in Piraeus to make it 2-0 in the first-leg of the sides Champions League tie - which United eventually won 3-2 on aggregate.

After the game he announced his desire to return to Arsenal from his loan spell at the end of the season:

“As soon as Arsenal came, I wanted to join them and I believe I am ready to play for Arsenal next season. I know I have the capacity to play there. I am only waiting for the opportunity. With hard work I know I can get there. United showed an interest in me when I was moving to Europe but I have been an Arsenal fan since I was a child and that’s why I chose them.”

And Arsenal fans were happy to hear it. They were clearly impressed with the performance of their talented player - and excited at the prospect of his return.

But that return may never come - at least if fresh reports in Turkey are to be believed.

We brought news from Istanbul two weeks ago suggesting that Fenerbahce were keen on a €10 million move for the player.

Now it seems they are not the only Turkish powerhouse taking a keen interest in his services.

Rivals Galatasaray are now also said to be looking into the possibility of snapping up the player - after being impressed with his performances across the Aegean Sea.

Arsenal will of course be reluctant to sell - but as Chelsea found out with Kevin De Bruyne this season performances out on loan do not necessarily translate into good form upon a return to your parent club.

While the iron is hot Arsenal could cash in - but it would be a gamble that could catastrophically backfire if he goes on to become a superstar.

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