Inter Milan could bolster their chances of Serie A glory by moving for Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski when the transfer window reopens in January.
The 29-year-old, who was part of the Germany squad that romped to the World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer, could leave for Serie A before his contract expires in June 2016.
And with the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck from Barcelona and Manchester United respectively pushing him down the pecking order at Arsenal, it now appears likely his time in North London will end sooner rather than later.
Inter would be the perfect place for Arsenal’s forgotten man to emerge from the shadows and recover his confidence after being used so sparingly by Arsene Wenger.
Dani Osvaldo has settled into life at the San Siro well following his summer loan move from Southampton and Podolski could emulate the Italian by proving that he can shine outside of the Premier League.
Walter Mazzarri’s side have started the season steadily enough, but the 4-1 thumping by Cagliari at home last weekend poured scorn on their championship credentials.
Last season saw the likes of Javier Zanetti, Estaban Cambiasso and Diego Milito depart and despite Osvaldo impressing, their need for attacking reinforcements is obvious.
Juventus and Roma are already preparing to engage in a titanic tussle for the season that could last all the way until May, but Inter can throw their name into the ring if they negotiate shrewdly in January.
Podolski has always been considered a rare flavour more fit for national duty than domestic, but has still enjoyed success throughout his club career despite some difficult spells.
At Bayern Munich he won the Bundesliga under the stewardship of Ottmar Hitzfeld, and last May he helped Arsenal end their nine-year wait for a trophy with glory in the FA Cup final over Hull City at Wembley.
However, like during his spell at the Allianz Arena, Podolski has endured a difficult spell on English soil due to the plethora of attacking talent within Arsenal's squad.
Sanchez and Welbeck provide the rapidity and fluency that Wenger favours above the sheer brutality of the German, with Olivier Giroud another preferred choice when fully fit.
In the wider areas, Podolski’s route is blocked by the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and occasionally Aaron Ramsey, which means the German’s chances of staying in England appear remote.
The 29-year-old’s future lies away from the Emirates and after a summer of transformation, Serie A is the place to rejuvenate his career.
Patrice Evra, Ashley Cole and Osvaldo have all used the league to engineer an upturn in fortunes and if the New Year opportunity presents itself Podolski could do the same.
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