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Lukas Podolski attracting 'concrete interest'

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Lukas Podolski's agent Nassim Touihri has confirmed to German newspaper Bild that there's 'concrete interest' in the Arsenal player from several teams.

The Gunners forward is a €12m target for Turkish giants Galatasaray. And it has now been confirmed that the German international may leave the Emirates Stadium club before the close of the transfer window.

Speaking to Bild, Touihri said: "There have always been questions. Now we have concrete interest from some teams. Lukas is in London, and he feels good."

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Galatasaray interest

New Galatasaray boss Cesare Prandelli has been given the go-ahead by his superiors to bring in as many big names as possible before the close of the transfer window - and Podolski could be available.

The World Cup winner has been pushed further down the pecking order following the arrival of Chilean international Alexis Sanchez in a £30m deal from Barcelona.

Arsenal options

Podolski is battling for a place in the starting XI, but occupies a position of real strength for Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal boss can call on Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry.

It's an embarrassment of riches for Wenger, which means he could be open to selling Podolski if the German makes it clear he wants first-team football. He was in and out of the team last year, making 20 Premier League appearances and scoring eight goals.

Great goalscoring record

The 29-year-old is an 116-cap German international and has boasted impressive goal records at every club he's played at. He will return to the Arsenal first-team squad this week after enjoying an extended rest, along with Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, following the World Cup triumph in Brazil.

As for Arsenal's transfer business, reports claim Wenger is still looking for a defensive midfielder, and is keen on Sporting's William Carvalho.

The Arsenal boss said he would 'have to be creative' if Mikel Arteta suffered an injury, as he doesn't have much cover in the position. Real Madrid's Sami Khedira is another target, although wage demands seem to be the big issue there.

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