Arsenal close to selling Lukas Podolski

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski could leave the Emirates Stadium before the summer transfer window closes after Turkish giants Galatasaray contacted the Gunners with a view to purchasing the German World Cup winner.

According to the Daily Star, Galatasaray received an encouraging response to their enquiry about Podolski’s availability, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger more willing to allow the 29-year-old to leave the Emirates Stadium than he is Joel Campbell.

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Galatasaray are keen to sign 22-year-old Campbell and have even sent official Cenk Ergun to London in a bid to persuade the Gunners to sell the talented Costa Rica international.

Wenger keen to keep Campbell

However, Campbell - who impressed at the recent World Cup finals in Brazil - is very much in Wenger’s long-term plans for Arsenal.

"Campbell has done very well,” Wenger told reporters earlier this month. "I like the way he plays.

"He is good on the ball, creative and collectively as well he has a good balance between individual skill and collective attitude - that's not easy to find and there is no reason to let him go."

Arsenal prepared to sell Podolski

But the veteran Gunners boss, who has a wealth of attacking options at his disposal, might be prepared to offload Podolski, who joined Arsenal in 2012 and earns a cool £100,000-a-week.

The German will miss the first week of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign - along with teammates Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil - because of their involvement in Germany’s triumphant World Cup campaign.

But has he already played his final match for the Gunners?

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