Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he wants to keep Lukas Podolski at the Emirates this season.
However, the Germany international is still keen on a move away from the North London based side after Wenger could not guarantee him a starting position.
“We had good talks with Wenger,” Podolski’s agent, Nassim Touihri told the Guardian.
“He wanted to keep Lukas at Arsenal but could not guarantee him a starting position.
“That’s why we agreed to make a transfer.”
Podolski is set to sign a three-year deal with Galatasaray according to Eurosport TR. The Germany international will earn a total of €4.5 million per season (including bonuses).
The 30-year-old forwardwho has a year remaining on his contract with Arsenal, had an unsuccessful spell with the Serie A giants scoring just one league goal.
Podolski won the World Cup with Germany last season and wants regular first team football to keep his place in the national team side.