German forward Lukas Podolski could become the first player to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window, as rumours circulate in the Italian Press that Inter Milan are preparing a move for the 29-year-old.
Reports in the Italian Press suggest that Inter are on the verge of securing a deal with the Gunners to take Podolski on a season-long loan, although a sizeable loan fee may hold up any move.
Arsenal are reported to want a £5 million fee, with the Italian club only willing to shell out £3 million on the man who has scored 47 goals for his national side.
Podolski’s opportunities at Arsenal have been limited this season, and the German is yet to complete a full 90 minutes for the Gunners during this campaign.
Over recent weeks it has become clear that the man who joined Arsenal from FC Koln in 2012 is unhappy with warming Wenger’s bench, and the German could move to Roberto Mancini’s Inter in search of regular first team football.
Podolski has declared his desire for more first-team opportunities, and despite Arsene Wenger reassuring the German that he is in his plans and has a future at the club, a move away from the Gunners seems increasingly likely.
A number of clubs including Napoli, Cologne and Roma have been linked with the German who has scored 31 times for Arsenal in 81 appearances, but Inter appear to be the front runners to secure his signature.
Despite Arsenal’s injury crisis this season Podolski has only made six appearances in the Premier League, and his only goals have been in the Champions League, as the fan favourite has struggled to impress this year.
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