Today has seen Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski linked with a couple of big moves this summer. It comes after the German international has seen limited game time in the opening two games of the season - which could be worrying him in a World Cup year.
With plenty of competition for places in the German national team, Podolski knows he cannot spend a season sporadically playing in the side - and it seems that has got the vultures circling.
Reports this afternoon from Germany suggest that Schalke 04 are one team interested in investing in the former Bayern Munich and FC Koln forward. Schalke have had a poor start to the season, and also have some fitness troubles of their own concerning them.
But the team in England linked with his signature really is a shock - Tottenham Hotspur.
The clubs North London rivals are said to be considering a move for the player, along with VfL Wolfsburg and Galatasaray.
Now, we struggle to see Podolski actually moving to Spurs - it would be a sensational switch to say the least.
A switch made even more sensational if Podolski had gone through with a thought process from last year.
On the inside of his right bicep Podolski has a tattoo of his beloved Cologne - and he expressed a potential desire to repeat the feat with the Arsenal badge:
‘’Cologne meant so much to me because I was there for a long time, maybe I will do the same with Arsenal because I like this club. It is a big club and maybe we can do a tattoo. We can speak about this in the next three or four years.’’
Podolski has fallen for the club since his arrival but it is lucky he didn’t get that tattoo early, if a move to Tottenham is actually on the cards.
Spurs would not be able to sign a player with ‘Arsenal’ permanently imbedded on his arm.
Of course he doesn’t have the tattoo, but the point I am making is this. Podolski is very fond of Arsenal FC and has developed a bond with the fans and club - a bond unlikely to see him make a move to their bitter rivals.
As much as it is a move that might make sense, a return to Germany is far more likely.
image: © Ronnie Macdonald