Lukas Podolski is set to link up with Internazionale for the remainder of the season, an arrangement he couldn’t be happier with.
The German World Cup winner has been plying his trade in England with Arsenal since the summer of 2012, when Arsene Wenger paid around £12million to take him from Koln. Despite embracing London life and becoming a popular figure amongst the club’s supporters, he has never been able to cement a regular place in the side and hasn’t started in the Premier League this term.
Podolski has spoken of his frustration at this lack of action in recent weeks , sparking speculation that he could be on his way during the January transfer window. And after flying to Italy to wrap up a loan move to Inter, which will include an option for the Nerazzurri to sign him permanently in the summer window, the forward has revealed his delight at being given such an opportunity.
“I am very happy [to be joining Inter],” the 29-year-old, who has scored an impressive 47 goals in 121 international appearances for his country, told reporters. “I expect so much from this adventure. I know the Italian league very well. We are aiming to qualify for the [UEFA] Champions League and to win in the [UEFA] Europa League. I have spoken with Roberto Mancini, he is a great coach.”
Podolski may not be the only Premier League star heading to Inter this month. Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has already been confirmed as a target for Mancini, whilst Tottenham Hotspur’s Paulinho, who plays in the same position, is also said to be an option. Meanwhile, Tino-Sven Susic, another midfielder, is expected to join from Hajduk Split.
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