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Arsene Wenger ready to sell Lukas Podolski this summer

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to sell striker Lukas Podolski in order to fund a rebuilding process this summer, reports the Sun.

Despite the fact that Wenger has yet to sign a new contract he has reportedly agreed to extend his stay in north London for at least another two years and is preparing for a big summer of spending.

Reports suggest that the Arsenal board could give as much as £70m to spend in the summer and Wenger is looking to overhaul his squad.

However, Wenger could need more than that and may look to generate cash through the sale of Podolski.

Wenger has never seemed to trust the German international on the left-wing as concerns about his workrate have limited his time in the first team.

Podolski, who has scored four goals in his last two league games and earns around £100,000-a-week, may be happy to go.

The German recently admitted that he was not happy with his current situation at the Emirates Stadium.

Podolski recently told reporters: “Of course I'm frustrated with this situation. You're not a footballer if you’re happy to always be taken off after 60 or 70 minutes and watch from the sidelines.”

He also admitted that he is tempted by a return to the Bundesliga after his hometown club Cologne won promotion back to the top flight.

He told German reporters: “It is one of the best leagues in the world. Cologne are much more than a club for me — they are my home.

“Maybe I’ll play again with them. For me, this is a matter of the heart.

“I would also like to meet my Arsenal contract but you never know in football.”

Podolski could be used in a potential swap deal with Schalke 04 for their starlet Julian Draxler. Such a move was considered in January but failed to go through.

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