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Lukas Podolski set to join Galatasaray in £1.4m deal

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Lukas Podolski is on the verge of completing a surprise move to Galatasaray after Turkish newspaper Aksam reported that the Super Lig giants have agreed a cut-price £1.4 million deal for the Arsenal forward's signature.

According to talkSPORT, the Germany international is set to leave the Emirates Stadium permanently this summer after falling down the first-team pecking order in north London.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger allowed Podolski to join Inter Milan on loan for the second half of the 2014/15 campaign, but he failed to rediscover his best form during six uninspiring months at the San Siro.

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Many Arsenal fans had hoped the 2014 World Cup winner would be given another chance to prove himself next season, but it appears that an agreement has already been reached that will see Podolski depart the Premier League giants as soon as the transfer window reopens.

With just 12 months remaining on the £100,000-a-week contract signed in the summer of 2012, it was always going to be a make-or-break season for the 30-year-old in England.

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However, Wenger's alleged decision to cash-in on the player for so little money highlights just how little faith he has in the fans' favourite to challenge for a regular place in the starting XI.

With competition for places in attacking midfield as strong as it's ever been during the veteran French tactician's tenure it's easy to see why Podolski might feel his future would be better served away from Arsenal.

But, nobody expected him to be sold for so little money, meaning Galatasaray manager Hamza Hamzaoglu might have found himself an absolute bargain by negotiating a deal that could see the player arrive at the Turk Telekom Arena.

Despite his struggles at club level, Podolski remains an important figure in the German national team, so he must still offer something good given how difficult it is to break into the world champions' side.

Joachim Low has previously warned the Gunners outcast about the need to be playing regular football, and in Istanbul he is sure to get those opportunities, so it could be a smart move all round.

Arsenal fans: How do you feel about Lukas Podolski leaving the Emirates for such a small transfer fee? Has Arsene Wenger done the right thing? How many goals do you back the Germany international to score in the Super Lig? Have your say below...

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