The Istanbul giants, who have already recruited Lukas Podolski from Arsenal this summer, are understood to have had a €4 million bid accepted for the French midfielder who is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates.
The 31-year-old was a regular in Arsene Wenger’s starting lineup at the start of last season but fell down the pecking order as injuries dissipated and Francis Coquelin came to the fore. In total he’s made 222 appearances for the Gunners during two spells stretching back 11 years.
Speaking last week in Singapore, he noted: “In football everything can move very easily one way and another. I don’t like to look back at the past. We are starting a new season and I’m focused on that one.
“I played a lot in the first part of the season and then I got injured in January and after that the team has been winning nearly every game, so it’s difficult to complain. Everything will be open and I will work hard to get my place back.”
It was suggested a couple of weeks ago that Bastia have also been keeping tabs on the former Marseille and AC Milan midfielder.
As always we’re a little suspicious of the Turkish sports media, however, a move for Flamini certainly makes sense if he’s looking for more regular football.
We’ll plump for a turgid 5 on the poo-o-meter.