Arsenal must offer Podolski plus cash for Falcao

Lukas Podolski has been linked with a shock exit from Arsenal this summer.

It has been reported today in The Sun that Lukas Podolski is a shock target for both Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

The paper claims Juventus are willing to offer £15 million, while Atletico Madrid will be hunting for replacements for outgoing striker Falcao.

But hold on, why should Arsenal be the 'hunted' in the transfer market once again?

It would be easy to rebuff advances for Podolski, but Arsenal may want to look at how they can use him to get what they want.

Just last month Arsene Wenger boasted Arsenal had funds to sign Falcao, adding: "If we find a player of top, top quality we will take him."

It may sound counter-intuitive for Arsenal to sell Podolski, who has scored 13 times this season, but apart from the interest in him, they should consider it for one reason only.

That being that Arsene Wenger is not using him correctly, playing him out wide rather than up as an out and out striker.

With Arsenal needing a top class striker, the chance to get Falcao should see them go all out to do it.

They may be unlikely to commit a large portion of cash, so why not offer a player like Podolski who has value and is being under-utilised by the club.

Falcao is a player who really can take Arsenal to the next level, having netted 21 goals in 22 for Atletico this season he is a target for Europe's top clubs, but by offering a player plus cash the Gunners could seek to gain an advantage.

With Chelsea and Manchester City interested, it will be Arsenal's chance to seize the initiative and get Falcao on their side, rather than playing against him and falling victim to his goalscoring talents next season.

The chances of the deal may rest with Falcao being prepared to forego Champions Legaue football another year, if the Gunners fail to finish in the top four, but he has played in the Europa League for three consecutive seasons and if Arsene Wenger can get him to buy into his plans the Colombian may simply see it as 'delaying' his ambition for a year.

Arsenal do have the financial security a club like Atletico, heavily in debt, do not, and that may appeal to the striker.

Losing Podolski would be a tough break, but if he wants to go and play Champions League football next season elsewhere, they may just lose him anyway, so the Gunners might as well use him to sign a player they really want, and one who can really make the stratospheric difference the club needs.

It's a long shot, but is this the kind of ambition Arsenal need to reach the top again?

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