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Arsenal want €1m fee to loan out Joel Campbell

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Arsenal striker Joel Campbell won't be allowed to leave north London unless a club is willing to pay a loan fee in the region of €1 million.

According to Turkish newspaper AMK, the Gunners will demand compensation from any side hoping to take the Costa Rica international on a short-term deal, with Galatasaray now believed to be at the front of the queue for his signature.

The Super Lig giants, now under the stewardship of Cesare Prandelli - who replaced Roberto Mancini as head coach at the Türk Telekom Arena - are keen to bring the 22-year-old to Istanbul for the 2014/15 campaign.

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Campbell impressed on loan at Olympiakos last season, scoring 12 goals and providing 12 assists in 40 appearances in all competitions.

World Cup heroics

The talented forward also excelled for his country at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, prompting rumours that Arsene Wenger will bring the player into his Arsenal first-team this season.

The Gunners boss has been very patient with a star he first signed from Deportivo Saprissa in 2011, sending him out on loan again to Lorient in France and Real Betis in Spain prior to last year's spell in Greece.

Work permit issues

Campbell initially struggled to obtain a work permit which explains why the journeyman has been loaned out so frequently, but now that he has the green light from the relevant authorities he is ready to make his Premier League bow.

However, after Arsenal strengthened their squad with the arrival of Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, competition for places in Wenger's starting XI this season could be at an all-time high.

The Costa Rican star might be better served leaving on loan again in order not to stall his continued development.

Serie 'A' interest

AC Milan have also been mooted as admirers of Campbell, with ESPN previously reporting that the Serie 'A' giants were prepared to pay £16 million to bring the player to the San Siro.

His agent Ruggero Lacerenza made little attempt to play down suggestions of a possible exit, fuelling rumours that Campbell is the subject of frequent enquiries - even more so after his heroics at the World Cup.

It remains to be seen what the future holds for Campbell, who is currently in Austria at a pre-season training camp with the rest of Arsenal's senior squad. But, don't rule out the prospect of another loan move before the close of the window.

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