Beijing Guoan bid for ex-Arsenal star Podolski
The Galatasaray forward could become the latest player to head to the Chinese Super League in a big-money move
Beijing Guoan have made a bid for Galatasaray forward Lukas Podolski, the Turkish club has confirmed.
Reports in Turkey suggest the Chinese Super League (CSL) club’s offer for the ex-Germany international is worth around £5.5 million and Galatasaray have admitted they are willing to strike a deal if Podolski wishes to leave.
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Back in February, Gala sold experienced striker Burak Yilmaz to Beijing for £6.5m, with the 31-year-old reportedly earning another £6.5m in his annual salary.
“We’ve received a remarkable offer from Beijing Guoan for Lukas Podolski,” Galatasaray spokesman Levent Nazifoglu told Anadolu Agency.
“Now we’re thinking about this offer. The possible move is up to the player.”
Beijing are one of several CSL clubs flexing their financial muscle in an attempt to boost the profile of the country’s top flight, with Shanghai SIPG recently completing the €60m purchase of Chelsea midfielder Oscar.
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They turned professional in 1992 and are owned by CITIC Limited, a Hong Kong-based conglomerate that is in turn 58 per cent owned by the Chinese state.
Podolski won 129 caps for Germany during a 12-year international career and has enjoyed spells with Koln, Bayern Munich and Arsenal.
Beijing Guoan, whose star foreign players currently include Brazilian midfielders Renato Augusto and Ralf, placed fifth in the CSL in the 2016 season.