Arsenal forward emerges as transfer target for Galatasaray (Video)

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Lukas Podolski could be set for a permanent departure from the Emirates Stadium this summer after Galatasaray head coach Hamza Hamzaoglu admitted the German international is a transfer target.

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The 30-year-old spent the second half of last season on-loan at Serie A outfit Inter Milan, but after scoring just once in 17 league appearances, manager Roberto Mancini decided against a permanent deal.

Podolski’s plans of reporting for pre-season training with Arsenal next month could be hampered with reports in Turkey [via Goal] indicating that Galatasaray are eyeing a move for him.

He is no stranger to the Turkish outfit as he scored a brace against them in a comfortable 4-1 victory for the Gunners in the final group game fixture in the Champions League last December.

It would appear he has no future with the North London outfit as he finds himself behind the likes of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been tipped to sign another forward during the transfer window and has been heavily rumoured to be interested in a move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain [via Metro Sport]

Should a transfer transpire then it would be hard to see Podolski getting many minutes in an Arsenal shirt despite insisting that he wants to fight for his future [via BBC Sport].

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