Lukas Podolski is almost certain to leave Arsenal this summer after confirming on Turkish television that he is keen to make a move to Galatasaray.
The Germany star spent half of last season on loan with fallen Serie A giants Inter Milan but failed to impress under ex-Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. A permanent move to Italy thus fell on the rocks, and it would appear that Arsene Wenger isn’t keen on using him as a first-team option for Arsenal.
Future to be resolved
As a result Podolski’s future has been in limbo for some time, with contrasting reports debating over whether he will remain a Gunners player once this summer transfer window closes.
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Well, if latest statements are anything to by - and they usually are - the idea that Podolski will move abroad to reinvent himself away from Arsenal has been handed huge backing by the player himself. The 30-year-old is said to have told Galatasaray TV that he is a big admirer of their club’s fans, and wants to play his football there.
"Yes there have been meetings with Galatasaray. I hope the transfer happens," he said.
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"I'd love to play at Galatasaray. The fans are great. They showed a great interest in me on social media."
Galatasaray have long been linked with Podolski and have a rich history of taking big name players from Europe who are edging out of their peaks. The likes of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder have featured for the Turkish giants in recent years and they will boast Champions League football once again next season.
The fact that they won yet another Super Lig title last term also makes them an attractive proposition as they are reigning champions of Turkey, and by adding a player with Podolski’s pedigree and experience at the highest level they would only be strengthening their resolve ahead of the next campaign.
Such a shame
If the former Bayern Munich is to leave Arsenal this summer though it could be argued that it will be a shame for all parties. Having arrived in north London in 2012 big things were expected of him under Wenger, but he’s only ever produced flashes of brilliance amongst a blanket of inconsistency.
Of course it’s not yet certain beyond all doubt that he is going to depart from the Emirates Stadium in the coming weeks, just rather likely given that he’s now actively stating his interest in other clubs.
Unless Wenger U-turns and offers him assurances over a regular starting berth then it could be farewell Podolski soon. Safe to say he’ll have regrets over what he achieved in England if that’s the case.
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