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Lukas Podolski the next to make China move

AAP logoAAP 7/01/2017

Former Germany forward Lukas Podolski appears to be joining Chinese club Beijing Guoan, a board member of his current club Galatasaray has said.

Official Levent Nazifoglu said at a training camp in Antalya that "the transfer is in the closing stages."

He said Galatasaray didn't want to sell Podolski but that the player appeared to favour a move and that Galatasaray needed to plan ahead.

Nazifoglu had late last year confirmed that the Beijing club had made an offer for Podolski, who joined Galatasaray in 2015 from Arsenal.

Podolski's management did not want to comment on the issue, while Podolski himself was quoted as saying earlier in the week that "there is an offer but I haven't made a decision yet."

Several players including Carlos Tevez, Lucas, Axel Witsel and John Obi Mikel have moved to China in recent weeks for big transfer fees and salaries.

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