Arsenal All Set To Do First Transfer Business In The January Window

Lukas Podolski

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is all set to make a loan move to Serie A side Inter Milan after the two clubs have agreed on a move for the German International.

Inter will have to pay a fee of €3m for Podolski, but that could be reduced to half with a clause for a mandatory purchase. The fee of the purchase is set in between €6m-7m.

Last week, reports had emerged that the former Bayern Munich man had agreed personal terms with Inter and it was only a matter of time before the deal could be concluded.

Turkish side Galatasaray tried to contact the German over a potential move there, but Podolski himself revealed that talks with Galatasaray happened a long time ago. He was quoted as telling the Turkish Press today, “I was informed about Galatasaray’s offer.

“But that was a long time ago. Now I’m an Arsenal player, but in January I will make the best decision for myself.”

Since joining Arsenal for a fee of €12m in the summer of 2012, Podolski has made just 82 appearances for his club and has managed to score 31 goals. Despite being a bit part player for Arsenal in the last few seasons, he made the German World Cup squad and won a winners medal in the end. At 29, Podolski still has a few years of top level football left in him, but he’ll have to move if he wants regular game time. With Theo Walcott set to return, Podolski’s chances of getting into the first team diminishes even more as Arsenal already have Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck vying for the striker’s role in the team.

Inter have also identified PSG attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi as a potential target if by any chance the Podolski deals does not happen.

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