It seems that the Arsenal and Germany striker Lukas Podolski is determined on leaving the Emirates this summer with a host of other European giants waiting in the wings. Podolski is said to want to leave because of the lack of consistent game time and opportunities to play as the central striker under Wenger.
It’s thought that Galatasaray are leading the chase to capture the German international because of a hefty wage packet they have put together at the club. They have also reassured him that he will be the number one striker and first choice no matter what, which is bound to attract his interest as he prefers playing as a striker despite his frequent goal droughts throughout his career. Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen and Anzhi are thought to be interested but Podolski feels he would get the better deal in Turkey.
Arsene Wenger would also prefer to sell Podolski as he could free up some funds to spend big on a big name striker to fill the void that has been left by Van Persie for the last season. Bad news for Arsenal fans though as it seems Gervinho will be staying at the club if Podolski is sold, Arshavin will also be heading for the exit which isn’t much of a surprise.
So who could Arsenal be lining up to replace the German? Some of the papers are reporting that Carlos Vela could make a return to the Emirates, I feel that is unlikely though as he is not a big name striker who can bag the goals like Henry and Van Persie used to. Perhaps Romelu Lukaku will be allowed a years loan at Arsenal, this would be a perfect move for all parties.
Lukaku would surely enjoy a spell at a top club like Arsenal where he can accelerate his ability while competing with some of the top players in Europe. Chelsea could offload him for another season and be reassured that his development is well taken care of and Arsenal would be getting a young striker who looks like the perfect package.
Do you think Lukaku is the better option? And would Chelsea let him come to us?