Lukas Podolski should complete a loan move to Inter Milan in the next 48 hours after Arsene Wenger confirmed the Serie A club made a more serious offer for the forward.
The Arsenal manager suggested that Podolski would not be leaving north London in the January transfer window after labelling Inter Milan's opening offer a "joke". That is despite the fact that the German forward is yet to start a Premier League game this season.
Podolski will join Inter Milan on an initial loan deal until the end of the season when Roberto Mancini will have the option to make the deal permanent for a fee of £5 million. Inter's original bid included a loan fee of £1.5 million and it is not stated whether this new bid contains something similar.
"Inevitable in a transfer is very difficult to say but we’ll see what happens”
Regardless, Wenger has admitted that Inter's second offer is much more serious than their opening offer, hinting that the Gunners have already accepted it. It should see Podolski leave Arsenal before the start of next week.
Of Inter’s bids, Wenger told The Telegraph: “The first proposal was farcical. After they come back a bit more serious. Inevitable in a transfer is very difficult to say but we’ll see what happens.
Podolski, 29, is one of Arsenal's highest earners with wages of £100,000-a-week but has made just 12 appearances this season, scoring three goals. Despite the fact that he is considered one of the best finishers at the club, Wenger has not been convinced of Podolski's ability to play as a central striker.
Played his last game
He did have the chance to start in his preferred role up front against Southampton but a claimed groin injury kept him out of the game that Arsenal eventually lost 2-0. Alexis Sanchez played up front.
Meanwhile, his defensive contributions have regularly been questioned by both the manager and pundits alike. It is his lack of work ethic on the pitch that is likely to see him cut his time at the Emirates short.