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Galatasaray sign Lukas Podolski from Arsenal

Galatasaray have completed the signing of Lukas Podolski from Arsenal for an initial fee of €2.5 million.

Podolski had decided to leave the Emirates Stadium after falling down the pecking order and has now signed a three-year contract with the Turkish club, with the option for a further year.

Galatasaray president Dursun Aydin Ozbek said he was delighted to have finally worked out a deal for the Germany international.

"Podolski was a player we have been following for a long time," he said at the announcement of the signing.

"We have met the expectations of our fans. We think he will serve us for many years."

The 2014 World Cup winner, who was warned by Germany boss Joachim Low he needed regular football before Euro 2016, will now look to revive his career in Turkey after a disappointing loan spell at Inter Milan during the second half of last season.

The 30-year-old had signed for Arsenal from Cologne in 2012 and was part of the side that won the 2014 FA Cup.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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