Arsenal open to selling Lukas Podolski this summer

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is prepared to reluctantly sanction the sale of Lukas Podolski before the transfer window slams shut, but only if the Gunners can recoup a huge chunk of the £11m they spent to sign the clinical strike star in 2012.

Podolski has consistently found the back of the net when played across two seasons at the Emirates, but unfortunately for the 29-year-old he's too often been dropped in favour Santi Cazorla and could now decide the time is right to move in search of consistent first-team football.

Arsenal fans are fond of Podolski's direct style and lethal left foot, but competition is stiff to occupy an attacking role at the Emirates heading into this season and as a result believe Wenger will listen to offers if clubs from Turkey and the Bundesliga if they come in the next two weeks.

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No room for Poldi?

Podolski only reported for pre-season training at Arsenal's London Colney training ground along with fellow World Cup winners Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil, which means he won't have any chance of featuring in tomorrow evening's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.

While Podolski has been enjoying an extended break the landscape of Arsenal's attacking options has changed considerably, with Alexis Sanchez signed for close to £35m and Joel Campbell returning to fight for a place after his impressive World Cup campaign.

Throw Yaya Sanogo and a fit Theo Walcott into the mix and Podolski may experience similar frustrations to last term, a campaign which saw Wenger either start with alternatives or regularly bring Podolski off well before the full-time whistle.

Time running out to make call

If Arsenal do decide that Podolski is surplus to requirements there will surely be plenty of suitors, particularly in his native Germany.

Podolski hold a deep affection for his first professional club FC Koln, although in all likelihood they lack the financial muscle to bring their favourite son back to the Bundesliga.

Galatasaray looks a far more realistic destination, with new manager Cesare Prandelli on the lookout for a proven forward to replace Didier Drogba.

Wenger is still hopeful that Podolski will stay and fight for his place, but as long as he can fetch what he deems a realistic fee for a left-sided option that earns £100,000-a-week then this late deal looks very much on the cards.

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