Arsenal have agreed a deal with Galatasaray for the transfer of Mathieu Flamini with the midfielder set to undergo a medical on Monday or Tuesday, according to reports in Turkey (via the Daily Star).
Flamini would become the second player from our squad to join the Turkish giants after Lukas Podolski headed to Istanbul earlier on this month.
Following the emergence of Francis Coquelin, Flamini has been limited to a number of substitute appearances and with only one-year left on his deal, a departure makes sense.
At 31-years-old, the Frenchman probably wants to play regular football during the final years of his career in a move that would benefit all parties.
The report doesn’t suggest that we’ll receive a fee for the Frenchman, which would place Flamini among the history books. The midfielder has never cost a club a transfer fee, despite this potential move to Galatasaray being the fourth of his career.
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We signed him on a free from Marseille while he left us in 2008 on a Bosman to AC Milan only to turn five years later on another free deal.
Hopefully, this will mean that Wenger enters the market for a defensive midfielder.