Galatasaray Preparing Bid For Joel Campbell And Lukas Podolski

Reports have it that Turkish Club Galatasaray, are preparing a double swoop for Costa Rican, Joel Campbell and German Lukas Podolski. The Arsenal forwards are in for a competitive time in the squad this new term, due to an abundance of options in the attacking midfield positions where Wenger deploys them. The Turkish giants are said to be in negotiations with Arsenal over the potential deals with them. This is happening despite Wenger’s open admiration of Joel Campbell and expressed his desire to keep him. He said: ‘‘I like the way he plays. He is good on the ball, creative and collectively as well, he has a good balance between individual skill and collective attitude- that’s not easy to find and there is no reason to let him go’’.

Galatasaray are also said to be in positive talks over the possible switch for Lukas Podolski, the German forward, who joined the Premier League in 2012 is a very influential member of the German side with over 100 caps for is country. Lukas Podolski, who recently featured in the German squad in for the recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup triumph, missed the North London club’s Emirates Cup and the FA Community Shield matches, alongside his compatriots, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertersacker. The 29-year-old left footed attacker has scored 19 times in 53 appearances for Arsenal since joining in 2012, mostly coming from the bench. He is known for his strong shot, technique and probing attacks from the left side.

Joel Campbell scored a goal for Arsenal in the club’s opening Emirates Cup match against Benfica and has featured in all Arsenal’s games ever since, though as a substitute. He has been the subject of interest from AC Milan, who were said to want him on loan. Joel Campbell spent last season on loan to Greek giants Olympiacos and had previously spent his first 2 seasons out on loan at Lorient and Real Betis respectively. He initially had work permit issues, which he finally sorted by receiving the permit in July 2013. The lad scored three goals for Lorient in his one year spell at the club, went to Real Betis where he appeared 28 times for the club and scored twice. Last season at Olympiacos, he pulled his best performance with many assists and a few goals in the Greek League and the European Champions’ League. For Costa Rica, he has earned over 35 caps and was a star performer at the just concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Campbell plays as a forward but can also be deployed on the wings. However, to contend with in the Arsenal squad, he has wingers like Sanchez, Podolski and Cazorla on the left; Walcott and Chamberlain on the right; and forwards like Sanchez, Podolski, Giroud and even Yaya Sanogo.

The sale of these two players who are contenders for the left side of attack would deplete the squad except Arsene Wenger deems it fit to replace them with quality additions in the mould of Marco Reus and the likes. However, as Wenger has declared that no more attackers would join this summer, the club should just concentrate on filling the defensive midfield and centre back positions in the squad.

’Tayo Amosu

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