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Lukas Podolski tipped to make Emirates return

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Lukas Podolski could return to Arsenal this summer according to the player's agent.

The Germany international is currently on loan at Inter Milan and had been tipped to make his move permanent when the campaign ends.

But Ali Pektas, Podolski's representative, today told Fanatik as reported by the London Evening Standard that his client may in fact end up back at the Emirates Stadium.

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"Anything could happen," Pektas. "Last summer he could have moved to Galatasaray, but it never materialised. Every summer Lukas and I go on holiday to Turkey.

"For the moment he's on loan at Inter, and when it ends at the end of the season he could return to Arsenal, where he still has a year on his contract.

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"With regard to his future, all I can say is that anything could happen, even a transfer to Turkey. Why not? He appreciates [Turkish football] a lot, and he wants to keep playing at a high level."

First-team struggles

The forward left Arsenal for Inter after becoming frustrated with a lack of opportunities under Arsene Wenger. The long-time Arsenal boss often used Podolski from the bench, with competition for places fierce in Podolski's preferred position.

The 29-year-old has not exactly been a huge success in Italy though either, which suggests Roberto Mancini may not be too eager to make Podolski's move permanent.

Arsenal problems

The striker is reportedly on big wages at Arsenal, so they're unlikely to want him back. However, if they can't find a suitor for him, the Gunners may be forced to absorb his salary for another season before he becomes a free agent.

The best case scenario could see Arsenal recoup a fee for a player still presumably in his prime, but that looks a long shot at the moment.

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