Lukas Podolski has not been happy with life on the bench at Arsenal for a while.
A man who tasted World Cup glory with Germany over the summer was hoping for better from the 2014/15 campaign, but his career has followed an all too familiar theme in north London.
Despite boasting a hammer of a left foot and a keen eye for goal, Arsene Wenger has been reluctant to hand the talented forward a regular run for the Gunners.
With his situation showing no sign of improvement, Podolski has been vocal in his desire to find minutes elsewhere.
A return to his homeland was mooted at one stage, but a Serie A heavyweight has leapt to the front of the transfer queue.
According to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, an agreement to take Podolski to Inter Milan has been reached.
A loan deal is said to be in place, with the 29-year-old’s representatives in the process of thrashing out the finer details.
The one outstanding issue yet to be resolved is what will happen at the end of the season, with Inter in the process of negotiating a purchase option – which will either be compulsory or optional.
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If he does move on in January, Podolski will leave Arsenal after two-and-a-half years which have delivered 31 goals in 81 appearances.
Given that he has not started or finished most of those games, his strike rate is impressive and you wonder whether Wenger will live to regret allowing a proven marksman to slip through the net.