by Lewis Ambrose
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski seems to have finally found a place that he’ll be able to call home next season as reports from Turkey say he has agreed a deal with Turkish champions Galatasaray.
According to the report Podolski has agreed a wage of €3M a year on a 3 year contract with the Turkish team, but now Arsenal have to let him go.
“I have agreed with Galatasaray and I want to leave,” Podolski is alleged to have said.
The report also states that he has asked Arsene Wenger to make sure the transfer fee isn’t too big to ensure the German can get his move, with Galatsaray only looking to pay Arsenal around €3M – a little over £2M – for his services.
It has been clear for some time that the German international has no future at Arsenal, starting just twice for Arsene Wenger’s side before being sent out on loan to Serie A club Internazionale in January.
The 30 year-old forward played much more at Inter but made very little impression, finding himself criticised by the media and eventually dropped to the bench by Roberto Mancini.
For a player of Podolski’s reputation one goal in 17 appearances (and 831 minutes) in Serie A clearly isn’t enough and it is no surprise that nobody in Italy has looked to sign the forward on a permanent deal.
Maybe now Podolski, who has netted 31 goals for Arsenal, has finally found a new club.