Roberto Mancini '99 per cent' behind Arsenal star Lukas Podolski's exit

Lukas Podolski would not have joined Inter Milan if Roberto Mancini was not manager, according to an intermediary in the deal.

Lukas Podolski is joining Serie A side Inter Milan on a loan deal until the end of the season this month, after becoming increasingly unhappy with the state of affairs at Arsenal.

The German World Cup winner has spent much of this season on the bench at Arsenal and has repeatedly mentioned to the press his desire to play regular football, whether it was at Arsenal or elsewhere.

A medical has now been completed for the German and all that is left to be considered is the final details for his signature.

And one man behind the move has now been discussing what helped push Poldi toward a move to Internazionale - the presence of former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

Nicola Giulani, who acted as an intermediary for the transfer, informed

“The whole move began from Roberto Mancini’s request for a strong wide man in his attack. I have strong links with Podolski’s agent and let Roberto know I could help him bring this player to Inter. Director Ausilio agreed straight away too and the negotiations quickly moved in the right direction.

“Both parties did very well to work calmly and avoid the very strong risk of a bidding war breaking out. I will not disguise that Mancini’s presence on the Inter bench was 99 per cent decisive for the player’s choice. With him, the club has taken on a winning aura.

“I also won’t deny that if the previous Coach and Inter had been there, Podolski would not have moved.

On the niggling details holding up a move, he made it clear Arsenal would be doing everything in their power to push the deal through as soon as possible.

“Arsenal will do everything possible to get the transfer through quickly, because Inter absolutely intend to use him in the first game of the year.”

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