MILAN (AFP) – German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski arrived in Milan on Friday where he was poised to sign a loan deal with Inter after being frozen out by Arsenal.
The 29-year-old has become increasingly frustrated at his lack of playing time with the English Premier League side.
Podolski was pictured on the Inter website brandishing a blue and black club scarf on his arrival in the Italian city.
His move to Italy comes despite Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Tuesday describing Inter’s interest as “a joke”.
Podolski, who moved to Arsenal from Cologne in 2012, is due to undergo a medical on Saturday and could make his debut against champions Juventus on Tuesday.
He has scored 31 goals for the Gunners but has yet to start a Premier League match this season.
Reports on the morning of Thursday’s game at Southampton, which Arsenal lost 2-0, claimed Podolski had stormed out of training session in frustration at being repeatedly omitted from Wenger’s starting line-up.
The Germany international took to social media to deny a bust-up and Wenger insisted Podolski was absent from his squad because of a groin injury.
But Wenger did admit the player could be allowed to leave for Inter if the Serie A club improved on their first offer for the player.
“Look, the first proposal (from Inter) was farcical. After they come back a bit more serious then we will see what happens,” Wenger said.
Asked if a move was inevitable, he added: “Inevitable in a transfer is very difficult to say but we’ll see what happens.”