One by one, Lukas Podolski's options in Europe appear to be going away. First, Bundesliga club Werder Bremen claimed that signing the player would be "totally unrealistic." Despite being described as a "great player" by manager Thomas Elchin, he was quick to state that there is nothing to the rumors.
There were also talks of a meeting with Galatasaray on Wednesday with a move being imminent. However, manager Hamza Hamzaoglu threw cold water on those rumors as well.
"Podolski is not on our radar right now. He was in the winter but not right now."
Where should the out-of-form Arsenal winger and striker look next? We return to the words of the ever-reliable Greg Seltzer of No Short Corners and MLSSoccer.com.
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.
With two of the bigger rumors being extinguished, could the German national team stalwart be on his way to MLS? I don't want to speculate, merely point out that some of his potential options are going away. There are plenty of teams in MLS that could use a player of his talent and his pedigree. Even teams that have three designated players could find themselves with the space to add him as the addition of a fourth designated player slot has been rumored to be coming this summer.
Podolski previously was on the books at FC Koln and Bayern Munich. He spent the last half of the 2014-2015 season on loan with Inter Milan in Serie A, scoring one goal in 17 matches. They did not elect to keep him around. He is currently on a "long-term contract" which was procured "for an undisclosed fee."