Lukas Podolski looks to be on the verge of completing a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray, but while Arsene Wenger has given his blessing for the move, Podolski’s agent insists the manager was keen to keep his client at the club, according to Goal.
His agent Nassim Touihri claims talks have been held between the two parties, but although the talks were productive, there was no way Podolski would retake his place on the Arsenal bench.
“We had very good talks with Wenger,” he said, as quoted by Goal.
“He wanted to keep Lukas, but couldn’t give him a guarantee that he will be starter. That’s why we agreed on a transfer.”
It seems strange to think that Wenger would want to keep the German international at the Emirates, as he is unlikely to see much – if any – first team football this upcoming season. It would be ridiculous to have a player rotting on the bench unnecessarily, especially when he is on a reported £100,000 per week (via the BBC).
We can’t afford any passengers if we are hoping to challenge for the Premier League, and Podolski would be a very expensive passenger. His move to Galatasaray would suit all parties, and hopefully we can replace the World Cup winner with someone who will be better suited to our game.