The Mirror has run a report which claims Arsenal are happy to sell forward Lukas Podolski for the right price with Turkish giants Galatasaray thought to be interested in a deal.
The German is yet to return to competitive action for the Gunners after he was given an extended break by Arsene Wenger following a successful World Cup campaign with his country in Brazil.
Galatasaray reportedly want Podolski and Arsenal teammate Joel Campbell included in the same deal and it would be a remarkable transfer for Arsene Wenger to commission considering his current reserves up front.
Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo are the primary strikers along with Podolski and Joel Campbell is yet to receive a chance to impress in the current first team despite playing well at the World Cup with Costa Rica.
The perception is that Arsenal are light up front, with criticism of Giroud following the game against Besiktas earlier this week leading for calls to Wenger to try and sign another striker before the close of the summer transfer window.
So any decision to sell Podolski could be negatively received by the club’s fans for two main reasons.
Firstly, he’s a key part of Arsenal’s attack and Wenger using Alexis Sanchez in a wide role means Podolski can be freed up to fill a centre forward role where he has plenty of experience.
Secondly, he’s a very popular first team player with the club’s fans. It would be slightly different if he’d been voicing a desire to leave all summer but the German has always been loyal to the Gunners while he’s been at the club.
He’s more than capable of playing a striker role which makes it even more important for the club to keep him if Wenger isn’t thinking about another attacking addition in the transfer market.
Here’s what Arsenal fans are making of the rumours that Podolski could be sold.
I'd only be happy with podolski leaving if we get reus tbh— Tiyachi (@TiYaChI) August 20, 2014
Podolski leaving? özil will be fuming with Wenger.— Alen (@AlenAFC_) August 20, 2014
I can't see Podolski leaving this summer. Would like Arsenal to keep him as he offers something different to the team— ÖZIL (@Fatah_AFC) August 20, 2014
There is as about as much chance of Podolski leaving this summer, as I have going on a date with Katie Perry— BFG - Bound 4 Glory (@bajankris) August 19, 2014
If it meant a quality ST or DM came in for Podolski I wouldn't mind him leaving— Denis (@Wojcieched) August 19, 2014
talk from Borussia Dortmund's CEO that Marco Reus could leave this window, buy out clause active next year. Podolski leaving us? humm #afc— Etienne Smith (@Tinysmith23) August 21, 2014
I'm a huge Podolski fan but keeping Campbell over him is the right decision. Looking to future & offers lots of pace & direct dribbling— Jasön (@gold_gooner31) August 20, 2014
Would rather podolski stay than giroud #betterplayer#transfers— Frankie Windsor (@FrankieWindsor) August 21, 2014
If it's a case of Rues for Podolski...then I welcome the idea...if not Let Podolski stay— Arsenal (@_Musyoks_) August 21, 2014
If Podolski leaves, who's gonna be taking those cute arsenal pictures na. He should stay jhur. I love his left foot.— Wenger's newgirl (@MzWilshere) August 19, 2014