Emirates keeper linked with Turkish move.
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Galatasaray have emerged as the new favourites to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, Goal.com UK can reveal.
The Turkish giants have made an enquiry for the Spaniard and are willing to match the Londoners’ £1.5 million valuation of the out-of-favour goalkeeper and his £50,000-a-week wages.
Almunia would still prefer a return to Spain and there remains strong interest from Malaga, while Atletico Madrid are also monitoring the 33-year-old’s availability.
Goal.com UK first revealed last month that Arsene Wenger had informed the goalkeeper that he should begin looking for another club and that there was no appetite to offer him a new contract beyond his current deal, which ends in 2012.
Since suffering an elbow injury in the home defeat to West Brom on September 25, Almunia has endured a number of setbacks in his rehabilitation. He has played only 45 minutes for the reserves and an ankle injury picked up in training will keep him on the sidelines for a further two to three weeks.
“Almunia has played his last game for Arsenal,” a club source told Goal.com UK. “It looks like he is going to Turkey although there is still interest from Spain.” (Goal.com)
It seems more than likely that Spaniard Manuel Almunia has played his last game for Arsenal and the repeat fumbler would surely be keen on a big money making move to Turkey that could resurrect a career that has ground to a halt after one clanger too many at the Emirates.
The Arsenal keeper started the season as first choice goalie but mistakes, especially at home to West Brom, proved to be the final nails in a coffin that had begun to form over the past two seasons. The 33 year old is now way down the pecking order at the north London club and after 168 appearances it is time he went on his merry way.
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