The Florida outfit were rumoured to be pursuing the German striker, who is expected to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.
FutbolMLS.com claimed last week that Orlando were preparing a move for Podolski ahead of next month’s opening of the summer transfer window, with general manager Paul McDonough and head coach Adrian Heath said to have made the out-of-favour forward their top target.
The Florida-based outfit have made a solid start to their inaugural campaign, having taken 20 points from their first 15 matches, but have struggled to finish off games without a proven goalscorer to link up with club captain and Brazilian superstar Kaka.
However, while Podolski could no doubt help solve that problem, it does not look like he will be heading to the Citrus Bowl this summer.
While the Orlando Sentinel notes that the German international is keen on a move to MLS, the paper claims that Orlando decided against pursuing his services due to his “significant” financial demands.
In addition, “a source with direct knowledge” is also quoted as telling the paper that “there was never an ounce of interest” from the club in former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
Sky Sports suggested earlier this week that Drogba had turned down a contract offer but, while the Ivorian’s representatives are said to have reached out to team officials, no deal is ever reported to have been on the table.
Instead, Orlando are focusing on more ambitious targets such as Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez, who coach Heath has even admitted of late is on their radar should he opt to head back across the Atlantic.
Podolski, meanwhile, is now reported to be in discussions over a £1.4 million move to Turkish giants Galatasaray, having seen his opportunities become increasingly limited under Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger [h/t Aksam].
The World Cup winner, whose current deal expires in 2016, made just two starts and 11 substitute appearances for the Gunners over the first half of last season before joining Serie A’s Inter Milan on loan for the rest of the campaign.
However, he managed just one goal in 18 games during his short-term spell, prompting Gazzetta dello Sport to name him the league’s second worst signing of the winter transfer window.