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Lukas Podolski on verge of joining Galatasaray in £1.75m deal

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is on the verge of joining Galatasaray in a cut-price £1.75 million deal after Arsene Wenger told the World Cup winning Germany international that he has no future at the Emirates Stadium.

The 30-year-old endured a disappointing 2014/15 campaign after making just seven appearances for the Gunners between August and January, eventually moving to Italy to join Inter Milan on loan in the mid-season window.

However, Podolski failed to rediscover his best form at the San Siro either, scoring just one solitary goal in 17 games for the Nerrazzuri under the guidance of Roberto Mancini.

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The Turkish giants remain keen on recruiting the £100,000-a-week Arsenal outcast, though, as Hamza Hamzaoglu believes the player still has what it takes to be a huge success at the Turk Telekom Arena.

Inter certainly had no desire to extend Podolski's stay in Serie 'A' and after Wenger made clear to the former Cologne man he was surplus to requirements in north London the Super Lig side made their move.

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Galatasaray were actually interested in taking the player on loan at the start of 2015 and have continued to keep tabs on him with a view to presenting a revised offer in time for the start of pre-season.

TalkSPORT cites a report in Turkish newspaper Milliyet which claims that negotiations are now at a very advanced stage with an agreement already reached over a fee to bring an end to Podolski's three-year stay at Arsenal.

The likeable German remains a hugely popular figure in the dressing room and amongst Gunners supporters, so many will be disappointed to see him departing for such a small fee.

But, with competition for places - particularly in attack - arguably as fierce it's ever been, Podolski knows that in order to strengthen his case for inclusion in Joachim Low's squad for the European Championships in France next summer he needs to be playing regular football and not stuck on the sidelines.

Staying in the Premier League for the final year of his contract carried the risk of another frustrating 12-month spell, with very limited opportunities to prove he's still worth a place in his national team.

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