Mathieu Flamini looks like he could be on his way out of the Emirates this summer, with the Frenchman close to joining Suer Lig giants Galatasaray, according to Turkish publication Sabah.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Arsenal, with Galatasaray looking a likely destination. He would follow former Gunner Lukas Podolski to Turkey, where he would likely see his chances of first team football dramatically increase.
Many questioned Arsene Wenger when he brought Flamini back to Arsenal, but in his first season back he looked like a superb signing – especially considering he was signed on a free.
He has very quickly deteriorated with age however, and the 31-year-old no longer looks capable of performing at the highest level.
With the emergence of Francis Coquelin, we have seen how important it is to have a top quality defensive midfielder in our ranks. Flamini has proven himself a solid backup, but we could very easily replace him with someone far better.
No transfer fee has been discussed, but with just a year left on his current deal (via Sabah) we shouldn’t expect much compensation.
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If Wenger is willing to offload Flamini it hopefully means he has his eye on someone else. We are badly lacking options in the defensive midfield role, and even before Flamini’s seemingly imminent exit we were expected to wade into the transfer market.
But who’s still available?