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Juventus eye Lukas Podolski loan deal

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Serie A champions, Juventus, are keen on signing Arsenal forward, Lukas Podolski, on a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent signing this time next year.

The German international, who has just returned to the Arsenal camp after his summer break, has fallen down the pecking order at the club, and despite Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker being used against Everton at the weekend, Podolski wasn't even included in the match-day squad.

Dropped

The trio of Germans all returned to pre-season together, after their World Cup win, and despite missing the opener with Crystal Palace and the Champions League qualifier with Besiktas, it was expected that they'd all make the Everton game on Saturday, which Ozil and Mertesacker did.

Podolski was left out of the squad and his usual role on the bench was taken up by youngster, Joel Campbell, who has been tipped to stay at the Emirates Stadium this Summer and compete for a first-team place.

Campbell spent last season on loan in Greece with Olympiakos, and after shining for them, he continued his form with Costa Rica in the World Cup, helping them shock everyone by reaching the Quarter-Finals.

Options

With Campbell rising and Alexis Sanchez brought in from FC Barcelona, Podolski has seemingly fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal and is now wanted by Juve on a season-long loan deal, with the possibility of making it a permanent move next summer.

Podolski, who joined Arsenal from German side Cologne, is currently earning £90k-a-week at the Emirates, and his wage may cause an issue for Juve as they cannot afford to pay it all in full, and will ask Arsenal whether they can contribute to the wage-payment at all.

Enquiry

The Italian side have already enquired about the German and are expected to hold talks with Arsenal sometime this week, with some reports suggesting officials from Juve are flying to England today to hold initial talks.

Turkish side Galatasaray have also shown interest in Podolski, but it's believed Juventus are in the drivers seat for his signature.

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