Speculation over the future of Lukas Podolski is not a new thing, and this morning Bild suggest that not only does the former Cologne man have concrete offer, but also that Arsene Wenger is willing to let him go.
Despite an outstanding scoring record, doubts remain over his overall contribution, and with Arsenal in a position where numbers means they really have to sell before they can do any more buying it wouldn’t be a surprise if this was a running story between now and the end of the transfer window.
As well as serious interest from Galatasaray, it’s reported that he has offers to return to the Bundesliga as well as from Spain (unlikely due to his wages), and the MLS.
Bild quote a representative of Podolski’s, Nassim Touhiri, who said, “There have always been enquiries. Now we have concrete interest from some teams.”
He also mentions that Podolski is happy in London, but that’s fairly standard fare when it comes to any transfer deal. It’s worth noting that the agency website also features a certain Marco Podolski, cousin of the Arsenal man, so there’s no doubt as to their authenticity.
Arsene Wenger is hoping to have Podolski, along with Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil, back in the squad for this Saturday’s trip to Everton.
However, if the reports about his willingness to sell him are true, it may be one of the last times we see him in red and white.