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Roberto Martinez is believed to be an admirer of the German winger, who can also operate as the main striker, and could make a serious offer after learning he does not feature in Arsene Wenger’s plans going forwards.
Podolski spent the second half of the 2014/15 season on loan in Italy with Inter Milan but the Serie A side do not want to sign him permanently so the World Cup winner will have to look for a new club.
The 30-year-old has one year left on his current Arsenal contract so would demand a transfer fee were he to leave, but that isn’t likely to be large so the Toffees only possible stumbling block could be wages.Embed from Getty Images
A move to Major League Soccer has also been suggested for the German, with the player himself reportedly “eager” to make the move stateside.
Galatasaray and Wolfsburg are two other sides believed to be keeping tabs and so Everton will face a tough task in trying to lure Podolski to Merseyside.
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Podolski spent the last six months on loan in Italy with Serie A side Inter Milan but he struggled to impress, scoring just one league goal in 17 games under Roberto Mancini.
The World Cup winner could now be set for a new challenge with MLS an exciting option for the player, according to Greg Seltzer of the No Short Corners blog.
In his report, Seltzer says: “I am told that the Gunners are now likely willing to A) loan him out initially & B) pay a considerable chunk of his salary. Seriously, everyone involved is pretty eager to get him moved across the Atlantic – he just needs a team that believes he’s worth the expense.”Embed from Getty Images
The 29-year-old attacker would surely demand a Designated Player contract were he to move stateside, though if Arsenal are indeed willing to pay a chunk of his wages, that won’t be quite as daunting as it sounds.
Podolski is a talented attacker with an eye for goal. He can play out wide or through the middle and would be an exciting addition to a number of clubs.
Expansion franchises Orlando City and New York City have previously rejected the chance to sign him but may revisit the situation now. Though they can expect competition for his signature as Turkish side Galatasaray and German club Wolfsburg are also being linked with a move.
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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is expected to leave the club this summer, whether that be on loan or a permanent deal, and America could be his next destination as the German “eagerly wants to try out MLS”. (REPORT)Embed from Getty Images
Premier League RumoursEmbed from Getty Images
Despite Arsene Wenger’s admission that unsettled Germany international Lukas Podolski is not for sale, he continues to attract interest from abroad, and a loan move to Italy’s Serie A with Inter Milan is reportedly on the cards.
Having slipped down the pecking order at Arsenal behind the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla, Podolski is being forced to look elsewhere if he is to see regular action.Embed from Getty Images
As well as being linked to Italian clubs AS Roma and Inter Milan, the World Cup winner was also linked with a move back to his first club FC Koln in Germany, where he has excelled in the past.
He needs to play to ensure that he continued to be a part of the German National Team. And Joachim Low has reminded Podolski that he needs to play if he is to figure in his plans for Euro 2016 qualification.
Inter Milan are supposedly keen to add the Polish-born German winger to their attacking ranks on a loan deal with some Italian reports suggesting a deal is close to completion.
Roma are another club interested, with the Rome-based club looking for cover for former Arsenal winger Gervinho – who will be playing for Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup Of Nations for the first part of 2015.Embed from Getty Images
With 121 international caps so far and the hope for many more, Podolski may decide to move club to ensure he see’s regular first-team action in Joachim Low’s set-up for the Euro 2016 qualifiers with Germany.
Arsene Wenger may want to keep Podolski but he hasn’t started a Premier League game through the first half of the current campaign and with more players returning from injury at Arsenal, the German needs to look elsewhere if he is to play regularly.
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