by Lewis Ambrose

In news which will excite many and concern few, Arsenal may have found a club willing to bid for Mathieu Flamini.

Turkish giants have already signed Lukas Podolski this summer and are now rumoured to be interested in signing Flamini. The French midfielder has one year to go on his Arsenal contract and would not be missed by many were he to be sold.

A Galatasaray representative will travel to London next week to discuss terms with the midfielder according to Sabah in Turkey and it is unlikely that the Gunners would look to drive a hard bargain. Flamini started 15 Premier League games last season but Francis Coquelin’s emergence meant the more experienced Frenchman didn’t start once in 2015.

Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal dribbles the ball during the Barclays Asia Trophy match between Arsenal and Singapore Select XI at National Stadium on July 15, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)
Mathieu Flamini played in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore but could yet leave Arsenal this summer. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)

With Mikel Arteta attempting to prove his fitness over pre-seaason Flamini will fall even further down the pecking order and is unlikely to even make the bench, let alone get on the pitch.

Arsenal reportedly remain in the market for another midfielder and Santi Cazorla is being deployed deeper and deeper as he establishes himself in the middle of the park. There really isn’t a place for Flamini at Arsenal anymore.

If he isn’t sold he is almost certain to leave for nothing next summer; anything the Gunners can get for the midfielder is a bonus.

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