Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski close to joining Inter Milan

Saturday January 3rd, 2015

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski took a step toward joining Inter Milan after traveling to Italy to meet with the team, BBC Sport reported on Friday.

The Italian club posted photographs of the German player holding the team's scarf over his head as he arrived at the Milan airport and greeted fans of the Serie A squad.

Podolski joined Arsenal from Cologne on an £11 million deal in 2012. He has started only 39 times for the Gunners and has not started a Premier League game this season. In 82 matches with Arsenal, he has scored 31 goals.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the English club had initially dismissed an offer from Inter Milan as not serious, but had reconsidered after the Italian club made a second proposal.

"The first proposal was farcical," said Wenger. "After, when they come back a bit more seriously, then you will see what happens now."

Wenger, however, stressed that a transfer was not a foregone conclusion.

"Inevitable? In the transfer window that's very difficult to say but we'll see what happens."

Podolski, 29, sat out Arsenal's New Year's Day loss to Southampton with a "tight groin," and was an unused substitute in the club's 2-1 victory over West Ham United on Dec. 28. He last played in Arsenal's 4-1 defeat of Newcastle on Dec. 13.

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The German star has earned over 100 caps for his country, and was a member of Germany's World Cup squads in 2006 and 2010 and of the 2014 World Cup-winning team.

- Christopher Woody
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