Juventus have contacted Arsenal in the last few hours to find out if World Cup winner Lukas Podolski is for sale and are actively pursuing the possibility of putting together an attractive offer for the clinical forward before the transfer window slams shut.
That is according to Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca di Marzio, who believes Juve coach Massimilano Allegri has identified Podolski as exactly the type of direct option currently in short supply at the Bianconeri.
Gazzetta revealed earlier today that Podolski in on a striker shortlist that also includes Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, but Allegri has since decided that if pushed he would prefer to tempt the Gunners star with a fresh challenge in Serie A and has instructed Juve chiefs to open talks over the forward with Arsenal.
How will Wenger react?
Allegri's pursuit of Podolski has definitely given Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger something to think about.
Podolski's overcame a torn hamstring to score 12 times in 27 appearances for the Gunners last term, but largely struggled to convince Wenger that he deserved a regular starting spot in an advanced role on the left-hand side.
Santi Cazorla remains very much Wenger's preferred option in that position and often restricted Podolski to the role of impact substitute, surely a stance he will not be prepared to accept again this season.
Resources better spent elsewhere?
The 29-year-old is one of Arsenal's highest earners on around £100,000-a-week, a salary Wenger could probably divert elsewhere on genuine competition for Olivier Giroud's role as central striker in the final 10 days of the transfer window.
With Galatasaray ruling out for Podolski because they feel he's a 'luxury transfer' the path is clear for Juve to test Arsenal's resolve with a bid of around £12m, in a transfer saga that could go right to deadline day despite the forward returning to first-team action with Arsenal tomorrow evening against Everton.
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