Wenger labels Podolski to Inter a 'joke', but reported negotiation details circulate

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be adamant that Lukas Podolski isn't joining Inter, but the Italian press aren't so sure.

The future of Lukas Podolski remains unclear as the Italian media publish details of talks between Inter and Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger flatly denies any move is on the cards.

World Cup winner Podolski has only started two matches for Arsenal this season and many believe that he will look for a move to a club where he can get some game time in January.

But Wenger was adamant that no such switch will take place and told a press conference: "That is a joke. Inter Milan are not serious. There's only talk."

According to Italian news sources, Inter are very serious and coach Roberto Mancini is determined to snap Podolski up on loan until the end of the season.

It is suggested that Inter director Piero Ausilio is in talks with his Arsenal counterparts, who have set out their demands if the Nerazzurri are to secure Podolski's services for the rest of the campaign.

Arsenal allegedly want £2.3 million up front for the loan, but it is suggested that Inter could push them as low as half that sum.

The two clubs would reportedly agree that Inter could make the deal permanent in June 2015 for a fee in the region of £5.5 million.

However, Inter may struggle to pay Podolski's wage bill and could need Arsenal to agree to continue paying a significant percentage, which could be a stumbling block for a deal.

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