Report: Arsenal plan contract talks with striker before permitting loan move

Real Sociedad are interested in signing Arsenal striker Joel Campbell on loan.

David Moyes’s Real Sociedad are eyeing up a loan deal for Arsenal striker Joel Campbell but are dependent on the player signing a new contract in North London, reports claim.

The Costa Rican international joined the Gunners in the summer of 2011 but spent the ensuing three seasons out on loan in a bid to gain a work permit.

Last season, while on loan at Greek champions Olympiakos, the 22-year-old shot to prominence and added to his glowing reputation with a fine World Cup campaign in Brazil.

Interest in Campbell was high over the summer, but boss Arsene Wenger persuaded the striker to remain at the Emirates and become part of the first-team squad.

Due to heavy competition for places, however, he has been restricted to just a number of substitute appearances this season and clubs are eyeing a January loan bid.

Among those is La Liga outfit Sociedad, yet according to Spanish paper AS their aspirations of a six-month loan deal depend entirely on Campbell committing his long-term future to the Gunners.

“Real Sociedad have asked requested a loan deal for Joel Campbell in the winter market. The condition is that first the Costa Rican striker must renew his contract with the Gunners. It seems that only then will Arsene Wenger allow him to leave on loan this month,” the report states.

Campbell’s current deal in North London expires in January 2016. He has plenty of interest across Europe, and with the right tuition and regular first-team action he has all the potential to become one of the best Costa Rican players in history.

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