Galatasaray sporting director Cüneyt Tanman has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Arsenal star Lukas Podolski, reports the Daily Mirror.
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With Gala winning the Super Lig yet again in the last campaign, it could be that they want the player to help them perform better in the Champions League. Last time round they failed to get out of the group stage.
“We are interested in Podolski,” Tanman said, “We will do our best to get players that can excite.”
The 30-year-old seems surplus to requirements at the Emirates after spending the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan. Before he went to the San Siro in January the forward had managed three goals in 13 appearances, all of which came in a game against the now interested Turkish side in the Champions League.
The Germany international didn’t do much better in Italy, scoring only once in 18 games and he even admitted that it was a mistake to go there according to The Guardian.
“Inter? Last season went how it went,” he said,”English football is the one which best suits my style but I know how suddenly everything can change. I have characteristics to help different teams but it was a mistake to go to Inter with no redemption clauses.
“In football there are times when everything doesn’t work out for the best. You’re not always playing as a starter and you just have to accept the decisions and work on your own game. That’s what I did but now I’m looking forward.”
At least he scored a brilliant goal there…
With Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, and Danny Welbeck all ahead of Podolski in the pecking order in North London it seems that it is only a matter of time before he leaves the club. With manager Arsene Wenger also being linked to several other front men, such as Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema [Daily Express] and Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain [London Evening Standard], Podolski will have little option if he wants first team football.