Lukas Podolski is expected to announce his departure from Arsenal soon, as Galatasaray have offered the Germany international a lifeline.
After returning from his loan spell from Inter Milan the German international was told by Arsene Wenger that he is surplus to requirement at the Emirates Stadium, and Galatasaray are believed to be interested in him.
The World Cup winner, who scored just once in 18 appearances in Italy last season, suffered the ignominy of being named as the second-worst Serie A January transfer window signing by Gazzetta dello Sport.
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Podolski admitted last week that it was probably time to call it a day at the Emirates, saying: “If I find the right club, right coach and right environment, I’ll evaluate it. If these conditions are met, I think everything is possible.”
A report on Wednesday said that Podolski may link up with Roberto Soldado, the Tottenham Hotspur striker, in a new-look strike-force in Istanbul next season, after they tabled a bid of around £1.4 million for the German. During the week he has also been a reported transfer of Everton.
What went wrong?
It’s a case of what could have been for Podolski. When he was first signed by Arsenal from Koln, many saw him as a natural replacement for Robin van Persie. With his powerful left foot and experience as a fully-fledged international for Germany, anyone would have expected the player to have been a great signing for Arsenal.
However, many unconvincing performances have seen him fall down the ranks at Arsenal. Podolski has played 60 Premier League games for Arsenal in total, scoring just 19 goals. Unfortunately for the former Bayern Munich man that hasn't been enough for him to cement down a permanent first team, and it now looks like his time is up.
Wenger won’t be too disappointed in seeing Podolski leave the club as it will clear up a good part of the wage bill and will allow younger, better players to get a chance in the Arsenal team.
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