After disappointing while on loan with Inter Milan, Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have made Lukas Podolski available on the transfer market. Greg Seltzer of No Short Corners is reporting that the German striker and left winger "eagerly wants to try out MLS," Both expansion sides, New York City FC and Orlando City SC, turned him down "late last year." However, the price required to secure his services may be much more appealing now:
I am told that the Gunners are now likely willing to A) loan him out intially & B) pay a considerable chunk of his salary. Seriously, everyone involved is pretty eager to get him moved across the Atlantic - he just needs a team that believes he's worth the expense.
Podolski would certainly be a Designated Player and command a hefty salary despite "a considerable chunk" already being paid. Now, I can think of a certain team in the New York City metropolitan area that could use a left winger and backup striker and is always looking for a good bargain on players. However, a player with Podolski's pedigree will always have plenty of suitors.
Nicholas Schira of La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Turkish power Galatasaray will meet with Podolski and offer him a three-year deal. Bundesliga club Werder Bremen also made "inquiries," but didn't make a concrete offer.
Podolski, 29, has 123 caps and 48 goals with the German National team. In addition to Arsenal and Inter Milan he spent time with FC Koln and Bayern Munich. During his recent loan stint with Inter, he made 14 appearances and scored one goal, but found himself marginalized with head coach Roberto Mancini preferring to play Xherdan Shaqiri.