Lukas Podolski is closing in on an exit from Arsenal after agreeing personal terms with Inter Milan, reports talkSPORT.
The Germany international has been moved to the periphery of Arsene Wenger's plans this season with Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and even Yaya Sanogo starting ahead of him. A permanent move away in January has long been expected and it appears that a deal is looking close.
Citing claims in Italy, talksSPORT claim that Podolski has already agreed a deal with Serie A outfit Inter MIlan and is waiting for the two clubs to agree a fee. Juventus and AS Roma have also been linked with an interest but it appears Roberto Mancini is closest to signing the 29-year-old.
Podolski originally made the move to Arsenal in the summer of 2012, signing a £100,000-a-week deal to join from Cologne. However, since his arrival Wenger has rarely granted him the opportunity to play in a striker role.
Instead Podolski has been forced to play on the wings where his work rate has been questioned. He may be Arsenal's most clinical finisher, but Wenger clearly sees him as a liability.
First team opportunities
He has yet to start a Premier League game but has appeared from the bench seven times. Podolski was also granted a start against Galatasaray in the Champions League, scoring twice as well as grabbing the winner against Anderlecht after coming on as a substitute.
While Podolski is popular with fans, he is growing tired with the lack of first team action and is ready to make an exit from the Emirates Stadium.