Lukas Podolski offered three-year contract by Wolfsburg

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is close to agreeing a three-year deal with Bundesliga giants Wolfsburg, who according to L'Equipe are very keen on making the World Cup winner the marquee striker signing they've craved all summer long.

Podolski looks all set to leave Arsenal before the transfer deadline after being left out of Arsene Wenger's squad to face Everton at Goodison Park, with the silence over speculation linking the 29-year-old with both Wolfsburg and Juventus making an exit in the next week all the more likely.

Wenger is prepared to let Podolski leave but only on a permanent deal, which makes Wolfsburg heavy favourites to get this deal done for a fee in the region of €12m.

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Tough call over clinical finisher

Arsenal have a whole host of options in attacking areas, but Gunners fans would probably expect Wenger to add another proven centre-forward if Podolski is indeed allowed to leave after two seasons at the Emirates.

Podolski polarises opinion but is without question a clinical finisher in the final third, managing 12 goals in 27 matches for Arsenal last season despite spending four months on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.

The 29-year-old is often a peripheral figure when Arsenal have all their forwards fit and firing though, with Wenger largely preferring the trickery and technical qualities of Santi Cazorla on the left-flank.

Wenger must be tempted to tell Wolfsburg that he wants midfield destroyer Luiz Gustavo in a swap deal for Podolski, but that deal doesn't interest a side with Champions League aspirations, with movement expected in this transfer chase over the next 48 hours.

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