Arsenal to use Podolski as makeweight for £35m United, Chelsea target?

Wenger may hold a trump card when it comes to signing one of the best footballers available on the January market who is also wanted by Manchester United.

Out-of-favour Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is allegedly heading for an Emirates Stadium exit when the winter market opens for trading in January and the accomplished Germany international is not short of admirers.

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Over the summer, the forward - sidelined until mid-November with a groin injury - was linked with Galatasaray, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. And, according to reports, the latter two clubs have retained their interest in his services.

El Mundo Deportivo claim that Atletico and Podolski's representatives will schedule conversations about a transfer for the player valued at £20m by, however, considering Arsene Wenger's attempts to sign a striker in the summer window (Karim Benzema, of Real Madrid) combined with need to find a suitable recruit to either compliment or deputise for on-form Olivier Giroud, would Arsenal be wise to use Podolski as a method of entering negotiations with Dortmund?

Despite a costly valuation of £35m, Lewandowski is one of the hottest properties in world football due to his goals return of 75 in 105 since 2011. It was anticipated that he would join former team-mate Mario Gotze at Bayern Munich but recent reports claim that the Premier League's top clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, have all been consulted regarding a knock-off £7m option in January.

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Dortmund are allegedly ready to cash-in on Lewandowski in two months, even selling him for almost £30m less than what he is worth, as it would prevent him joining their Bundesliga rivals Bayern for a free when the player's contract runs out in the summer.

While Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to add to his striking ranks and David Moyes may need an extra player up front depending on what happens with Wayne Rooney, Arsenal would have competition on their hands surrounding Lewandowski.

A straight-swap deal between Arsenal and Dortmund, Podolski for Lewandowski, could satisfy both parties as the Gunners would be able to brag added firepower up front, denying their Premier League title rivals the player in the process, while Borussia have the satisfaction of calling on a proven Bundesliga player.

Is this a viable option for Wenger? Would Lewandowski want to swap the Bundesliga for the Premier League? Or can Chelsea and Manchester United deny Arsene the deal? Tell us in the comment section below.

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