Reports from talkSPORT today claim Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has reached a personal agreement with Inter Milan, and that perhaps the German international is on his way to the San Siro.
Of course, to call the 29-year-old World Cup winner a striker for Arsenal would be generous, as his lack of playing time behind the likes of Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, and even Yaya Sonogo has left him forced to adapt to the winger position, where he has been criticized by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for his work rate.
Additionally, the German international has only featured seven times in the Premier League this season - all of them as a substitute. This has left Podolski frustrated and ready for a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
That's not to say that Podolski's record with Arsenal is bad, however, as the German international has scored 19 goals in 60 appearances since joining the Gunners on a €100,000 per week deal in 2012. The German striker has also made two appearances for Arsenal in the Champions League this season, where he bagged a double against Turkish side Besiktas and netted the winner agains Belgian champions Anderlecht.
According to sources in London and Milan, a free six month loan deal appears likely to materialize, with the only remaining point of discussion being the terms of the buy-out clause at the end of the season. According to multiple reports, If the buy-out clause is made compulsory, Inter are only willing to commit to the range of €5-6 million. But if it is made optional, the Nerazzurri would be willing to go as high as €8 million.
Of course, Inter are not the only Italian club following Podolski, as Roma and Juventus are also monitoring his status and are keen to bring on the German international as a reinforcement for their respective European and Serie A campaigns. But a deal with Inter seems most likely at this point, with the Biscione reportedly ready to make a formal offer to Arsenal in a couple weeks' time.