Lukas Podolski has not received offers from Juventus or Napoli

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Lukas Podolski has not been subject to any approaches from Italian duo Juventus or Napoli, although his agent has refused to rule out a summer move to Serie A for the Arsenal forward.

German international Podolski - who joined the Gunners from FC Koln back in 2012 - has been the subject of several intriguing transfer rumours of late, with both Massilmilano Allegri and Rafael Benitez credited with a passing interest in the 29-year-old.

Speculation linking Podolski with Juve has been particularly frequent so far this summer, although the player's representative has been keen to stress that neither the Old Lady or their title rivals have yet made an official move for his client's services.

No bids

“I read in the newspapers that Juventus and Napoli were interested in Lukas. But there has been no approach from either of those clubs." Ali Pektas told the Italian media in an interview that was brought to our attention by The Guardian.

However while he appeared sure that those two clubs in particular were yet to bid for Podolski, Pektas stopped well short of totally ruling out a potential switch to Italy for the World Cup winner.

“I don’t know if he will go to Italy in this transfer window. I can’t say anything for sure. The only certainty is that Lukas has a contract with Arsenal.”

Podolski's time at Arsenal certainly appeared to be drawing to a close, with the former Bayern Munich flop having made just 20 appearances under Arsene Wenger last season after missing the first half of the campaign with a torn hamstring sustained during the Champions League qualifying win over Fenerbahce.

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Giroud injury

Whether or not Arsene Wenger will have changed his stance with regards to Podolski after this weekend's events remain to be seen, however.

French striker Olivier Giroud - considered by many to be Arsenal's only quality out-and-out striker - suffered an injury during Saturday's eventful 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, with the latest reports from France suggesting that he will miss at least three months with a broken left foot.

Barring a late replacement being found prior to the close of the transfer deadline, such a blow to Giroud will leave Wenger worryingly short in the final third.

Although young Yaya Sanogo and summer signing Alexis Sanchez are on hand to deputise, the Gunners could be tempted to keep hold of Podolski - who earns around £3 million-a-year at the Emirates Stadium - until Giroud is fit and firing once again.

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