Arsenal have confirmed that they have loaned striker Lukas Podolski to Inter Milan for the remainder of the season, as reported by the club’s official Twitter account.
The World Cup winner has been on the fringes of Arsenal’s squad for the majority of the season, making only infrequent appearances in the league and in cup competitions.
While he has made 82 appearances for the Gunners during his time at the Emirates Stadium, Podolski has never been first choice under Arsene Wenger, and he was keen to move on in the January transfer window.
He was something of a figure of affection among Arsenal fans, having scored 31 goals for the Premier League giants.
He has, however, made only two starts for Arsenal this season, along with 11 substitute appearances, hitting home three goals.
Inter were reported to have a clause written into Podolski’s contract, allowing them to sign him on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Arsenal have agreed a deal to loan Lukas Podolski to Inter Milan for the second half of the season.
The 29 year old Podolski has had few opportunities to impress this season, having returned from Brazil in the summer after winning the World Cup with the German national side, beating Argentina in the final.
He has also repeatedly suggested to the media and on social media that he would quite like to leave the Emirates Stadium to play more first team football in the future.
It now seems as though he has achieved that.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport is reporting that Serie A giants Inter have agreed a six month deal to bring Podolski to the Stadio San Siro.
Should Podolski impress after being given the opportunity at Inter, the Italian club apparently have the opportunity to make the move for the former FC Koln forward permanent written into the agreement.
Arsenal are considering a double January move for Italy based duo Mattia Destro and Marek Hamsik in January, if they can offload enough of their unwanted stars to fund the move.
Striking duo Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski have been regularly linked with moves away from the Emirates Stadium in January.
Interest in the pair has increased, and as a result, the Gunners could use the duo’s transfer fees to bring in the highly talented Serie A pair, according to the Metro.
The north London club have apparently already opened talks with Roma for Destro ahead of a possible move.
However, capturing Hamsik from Napoli will likely prove far more difficult.
To their benefit, however, Hamsik has been dropped by Napoli boss Rafael Benitez, and this could make negotiations far easier.
Arsenal do have to push through moves for both Podolski and Campbell to fund the transfers, with most of their budget set to be spent on defensive recruits.