Report: Podolski unlikely to sign permanently, as Inter track replacements

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Internazionale are already looking at replacements for Lukas Podolski, who is set to return to Arsenal at the end of his loan.

The German international forward signed for Inter in January, agreeing a loan deal until the end of the season.

Having been used infrequently by Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger, the 29-year-old was keen to move away from the Emirates to ensure consistent first-team football for the good of his club and international career. With Inter in a poor run of form in Serie A - they sit 10th after 22 games - it was expected that Podolski would become a key player for them, but the reality has not come close to that.

He has made five appearances in Serie A without scoring a goal, and was not named in their Europa League squad for the return of the competition, with fellow January arrival Sheridan Shaqiri taking the one available place. Chances may be coming more frequently than with the Gunners, but he has hardly shown the form that would have made Inter want to make the deal permanent in the summer, and it now looks as if he will definitely be returning to North London at the end of this season.

A report in Calciomercato claims that Inter are already looking at PSG’s Ezequiel Lavezzi as a replacement for Podolski, and will be signing the Argentine star before sending Podolski back to Arsenal.

Considering both Podolski and head coach Arsene Wenger wanted him out of the Emirates Stadium in January, it is hard to see his Gunners career continuing. It is likely that even if he does return, a summer exit will be on the cards - but only if there are any parties interested in the 121-capped international.

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