Lukas Podolski looks set to leave Arsenal this weekend after Galatasaray announced that the Germany international will undergo a medical with them later today.
The Turkish giants, via an announcement on Twitter, confirmed on their official website that they have now opened negotiations with Podolski after reaching an agreement with Arsenal.
It’s understood Arsenal will receive £1.75 million for the left-footed forward, who made just seven Premier League appearances for the Gunners in the first half of last season before being loaned to Inter Milan.
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Podolski scored one goals in 17 league matches for the Italian giants, who opted against signing the 30-year-old on a permanent deal this summer.
One problem for interested clubs has been the player’s huge £100,000-a-week wages - although it’s safe to assume he has taken a pay cut in order to secure a move to Galatasaray, who will be competing in the Champions League next season after winning the Turkish Süper Lig.
Podolski will leave the Emirates Stadium with the best wishes of the Arsenal fans, who watched the former Bayern Munich and Cologne forward score 31 goals in 82 appearances for their club.
He helped the Gunners win the 2013-14 FA Cup but failed to cement his status as Arsenal’s first-choice centre-forward following his arrival in 2012.
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