Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has agreed personal terms with Turkish champions Galatasaray, according to sensational reports. Turkish publication Aksam claims Podolski will sign a three-year deal worth £41,000-per-week. Arsenal are reported to have accepted a poultry £1.4m transfer fee to part with their coveted German international. And will be relived to rid themselves of the 30-year-old’s £75,000-per-week wages. The 30-year-old, who has one year remaining on his contract, made just 13 appearances for the Gunners last term before spending the second half of the season on loan at Inter Milan.
However it remains unclear whether Everton will attempt a last-gasp effort to keep Podolski in England. The player has previously suggested he would consider a move to Turkey, he said: “If an offer comes from Turkey, I will sit down and talk about it with my family and girlfriend. “If I find the right club, the right coach, the right environment, I will evaluate it. “If these conditions are met, I think everything is possible.” Podolski told Kicker: ‘I can’t make any claims. ‘I am under contract at Arsenal. ‘I have not talked to Arsenal yet, but if I return I want to play. I won’t sit on the bench or in the stands.’
Podolski arrived at the Premier League club from German side FC Koln in 2012 and has made over 50 appearances for the Gunners.