Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is set to hold talks with Galatasaray over a possible move to Istanbul, following reports that the Turkish club's general secretary Fatih İşbecer has travelled to London to sit down with the player.
According to RadyoSpor in Turkey, Galatasaray are looking to significantly strengthen their squad this month as they play catch up in the Super Lig title race behind fierce city rivals Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
A full 11 points off the pace, Galatasaray have already secured the signing of Dutch defender Ryan Donk this month and are now looking to land Campbell as well.
The Costa Rican international, who was a surprise star of the 2014 World Cup, has been a frustrated figure at Arsenal for most of his career in north London.
Since 2011, he's spent time on loan at Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiacos and Villarreal and it took an injury crisis for him to finally get a chance in November, having had to make do with warming the bench for the first three months of the season.
Galatasaray are keen to strike a deal now, which could be possible at a reasonable price given that the player has just six months left on his current Arsenal contract. But Arsene Wenger may be reluctant to lose him mid-season because of the aforementioned injury crisis.
That is, unless another forward and/or winger arrives this month.
Even so, Campbell is permitted to talk to other clubs now with a view to signing a pre-contract agreement that would see him move as a free agent in the summer. If Arsenal blocked a move this month, the Galatasaray talks could still prove to be productive for Campbell, who is unlikely to continue as a regular for the Gunners when everyone is fit.
If Campbell is to leave for Turkey at any point over the next six months, he would be following in the footsteps of Lukas Podolski, who left Arsenal for Galatasaray over the summer.
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