Thursday 25 December 2014

Juventus target loan deal with view to permanent move for Lukas Podolski

Serie A champions, who are also considering Manchester United's Javier Hernández, want German World Cup forward for full season but London club are keen to sell now

Matt Law

Published 25/08/2014 | 08:37

Lukas Podolski and Angela Merkel pose with the World Cup trophy

Juventus will open talks this week with Arsenal over a move for the out-of-favour forward Lukas Podolski.

Podolski was the only one of Arsenal’s Germans not to return to the squad for the game at Everton on Saturday.

Podolski, 29, is keen to leave the Emirates Stadium to find first-team football and he is high on Juve’s list of targets – along with Manchester United’s Javier Hernández.

Juventus would prefer to take Podolski on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer, but Arsenal would favour selling him.

Arsenal paid £11million for Podolski from Cologne in 2012 and he has scored 28 goals in 69 appearances for the Gunners.

Podolski earns around £100,000 a week, which could be a stumbling block to any move away from the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window shuts.

The German club Wolfsburg are also interested in Podolski and the Turkish giants Galatasaray have been monitoring his situation.

Having signed Alexis Sánchez, the Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, is prepared to let Podolski leave the club but would prefer to replace him with another forward in the squad.

Wenger’s priorities, however, are to try to sign a new central defender and a defensive midfielder during the final week of the transfer window.

Arsenal are expected this week to make a bid for Sporting Lisbon’s £28  million-rated star William Carvalho after Carlo Ancelotti, the Real Madrid manager, claimed that Sami Khedira would stay in Spain.

Ancelotti said: “Khedira is happy here and he is staying. The matter is resolved and he stays at Real Madrid.”

Arsenal hope to complete an £8 million deal to sign the Olympiakos central defender Kostas Manolas.

Telegraph.co.uk

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