Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski expects to leave Arsenal before the summer transfer window closes on September 1. His advisers are currently in the process of assessing several offers for the Germany international, who lifted the World Cup this summer.
This is according to ESPN sources - and it now looks almost certain that Podolski will leave the Emirates Stadium within the next eight days.
The report adds that the Gunners’ £32 million acquisition of Chile international Alexis Sanchez means Podolski, who joined the north London outfit in the summer of 2012, is now surplus to requirements.
Several European clubs have been strongly linked with the left-footed forward in recent weeks, most notably Juventus, who have identified the 29-year-old as one of three potential striker signings. The Serie A champions have also shortlisted AS Monaco’s Radamel Falcao or Chelsea’s Fernando Torres.
Podolski would be the cheapest of the trio - both in terms of a transfer fee and wages, even though he currently earns a cool £100,000-a-week with the Gunners.
Wenger keen to offload Podolski
The Poland-born striker has shown glimpses of his best form in an Arsenal shirt, but has struggled for consistency during his time at the Emirates Stadium.
In 69 matches for the club, Podolski has netted 28 goals - 19 of which have come in the Premier League.
But Arsene Wenger has a multitude of attacking options at his disposal and is now keen to offload the former Cologne star in order to get him off the club’s wage bill.