Wolfsburg make €12 million offer for Arsenal's Podolski - reports

Arsenal have received a €12 million offer from Wolfsburg for Lukas Podolski, according to reports in France and Italy.

Reports in Italy and France are suggesting that Wolfsburg have submitted a €12 million offer for Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski.

The German World Cup winner has been made available for sale this summer by Arsene Wenger, with a number of clubs reportedly interested.

However, it appears that Wolfsburg are the closest to landing the attacker and are confident of agreeing a three-year-deal with the attacker.

The Bundesliga club are battling Juventus to sign the 29-year-old, and reports surfaced last night that Podolski’s first choice would have been to join the Italian champions, but their reluctance to do a permanent deal has cost them.

Juve were keen on taking Podolski, but would only offer a season-long-loan deal and Arsenal would have preferred to keep him than allow him to leave on a temporary basis, as they still feel he has some worth to their squad.

The former Koln player was likely to play a rotational role at the North-London outfit this summer after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in the summer.

The signing of the Chilean has left Arsenal bloated in attacking positions – with a number of players competing for limited spaces in the starting line-up.

It is also thought that with Podolski off the books, it could see Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo come the other way.

The Brazilian midfield enforcer has been identified as a potential target by Arsene Wenger as he seeks to add a defensive midfielder to the squad.

Although the Gunner’s team looks as packed with quality as it has it some time, there is still room for a world-class defensive midfielder and Gustavo would certainly fit the billing.

Podolski’s depature would end his two year stay at the club, where he has made a positive impression.

Although never becoming a club legend at the Emirates he is likely to be fondly remembered after making 69 appearances and scoring 28 times for Wenger’s side.

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