Arsenal close to agreeing £3.5m sale of Joel Campbell

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Arsenal are close to agreeing a £3.5 million deal with Turkish club Besiktas for the transfer of Joel Campbell, reports talkSPORT.

Citing a story from Turkey, the report claims that the offer was accepted earlier this week and that Besiktas are close to agreeing personal terms with the Costa Rica international.

The deal could be officially announced by the end of the week, making Campbell the second forward to leave the Emirates for Turkey in as many weeks, following Lukas Podolski, who signed for Galatasaray over the weekend.


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It will cap a significant fall from grace for the 23-year-old after he returned to Arsenal last summer full of hope and expectation.

Campbell had enjoyed a prolific season on loan to Olympiakos and later impressed for Costa Rica at the World Cup.

Never had a chance

He did enough to convince Arsene Wenger to bring him back to Arsenal, but the Frenchman never gave him the chance to replicate his form in the Premier League.

Campbell bore the brunt of Alexis Sanchez's arrival from Barcelona and spent half a season on the bench. He would later join Villarreal on loan as part of a deal that saw defender Gabriel move permanently in the opposite direction.

The forward was a prominent figure in the first-team at Villarreal but managed just one goal in 16 starts. That seems to have made up Wenger's mind.

A missed opportunity

Arsenal have paid a heavy price for Wenger's mistake as selling him last season, on the back of a good World Cup, would have seen a bid far in excess of the £3.5m they are due to receive from Besiktas.

With the likes of AC Milan interested, Campbell's agent was quoted as saying that as much as £15m could change hands if Arsenal agreed to sell him. Instead Wenger kept him at the club, but from very early on it was obvious he did not have a place in the team for him.

A rare oversight from the usually savvy Wenger, who will now have to cut his losses on this fallen star.


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