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Arsenal have agreed a deal with Turkish side Fenerbache for Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell, according to reports.
Having failed to be handed a real opportunity whilst at the Emirates Stadium – the 22-year-old is set for a move to Istanbul, after the Turkish giants made a bid of £7million.
Campbell was tipped for a bright future in North-London, following his exploits for Costa Rica in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Despite impressing for his country in their surprise run to the Quarter-Final stage of last summers’ World Cup Finals in Brazil, Campbell was fifth choice in the pecking order of Arsenal‘s forwards, with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck all in front of him.
With this in mind, Campbell was loaned out to Spanish La Liga outfit Villarreal last term – but only scored once in 22 appearances.
In his fringe Arsenal career, he has also spent time out on loan at Real Betis and Greek side Olympiakos in previous years.
However, in an attempt to have a major cull of his playing squad, manager Arsene Wenger is set to let Campbell leave permanently.
David Moyes‘ Real Sociedad remain one of a number of sides interested in the player.
Despite the interest of Sociedad among others, Fenerbache appear to have almost secured the deal for Campbell, according to Turkish media.
Club Director Giuliano Terraneo has made a bid for the player, as his side look to reclaim the Turkish Super Lig title from arch-neighbours, Galatasaray – who are also keen on Campbell’s Arsenal team-mate, Lukas Podolski.
By Ben Reardon