Daily Mail has linked Lukas Podolski with Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund. The German international only joined the Gunners last summer but is already on the radar for a move back to Germany.
‘Prince Poldi’ managed to score 16 goals in first season in the Premier League despite rarely finishing 90 minutes and missing for over a quarter of Arsenal’s games. Rumours began to flourish that the forward was unhappy in London but the player himself stated he was content at Arsenal and would definitely be staying over the summer.
This was before the interest from Dortmund. The club has lost playmaker Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich and are embracing the inevitable departure of star striker Robert Lewandowski and are aiming to fill the big hole at BVB with the Arsenal striker.
The former Bayern Munich man is currently on international duty, along with Arsenal team-mate Per Mertesacker, having scored a brace in Germany’s last match against Ecuador, scoring in just nine seconds to net his nation’s fastest ever goal and is set to start against USA on June 2.
The player is only 28 and is considered to be in his prime so Arsenal will not be willing to sell the player, especially as he is trusted to be the clubs best finisher. After the recent sales of Robin Van Persie, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal’s state of affairs mean they no longer need to sell players. The club is in a healthy financial state and the decision on whether players stay or go will be firmly with Arsene Wenger rather than the club’s boardroom.
Business between Arsenal and the Bundesliga could be active still with the club considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s midfield anchor Lars Bender. He has been capped 13 times by Germany and would be an exciting arrival at the club. A holding midfielder is one of the main targets for Arsenal this summer and with Bender looking for a way out of the club, a switch could be possible.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Bundesliga ace but with Arsenal offering a star role in the team, a transfer to the Emirates could be more tempting.
Arsenal has also been looking at Dortmund full-back Lukasz Piszczek, striker Robert Lewandowski, Bayern heavyweight Luiz Gustavo and goalkeeping ace Rene Adler. Whatever Arsenal decide to do in the transfer market, the days of selling their big name players look to be far behind them.