Inter have signed Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski on a six-month loan deal. The deal comes after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had confirmed that the Serie A side had lodged a “more serious” offer for Podolski, and the the former FC Köln forward flying to Milan for a medical and further talks.
Although there has been no news from Arsenal, The Nerazzurri’s official Twitter account confirmed the deal, posting pictures of the World Cup winner arriving in Milan with an Inter scarf.
— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter_en) January 2, 2015
Podolski joined Arsenal in 2012 from German side FC Köln in a deal worth £11 million, but has failed to nail down a place in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI since. The German has yet to start a Premier League game this season, and would have possibly started in New Year’s Day defeat to Southampton had it not been injured, Wenger confirmed.
The deal appeared to have broken when Arsene Wenger claimed the offer as “farcical”, but the 2010 Treble winners’ obstinate efforts to sign Podolski meant the German will soon be seen in Inter’s black and blue.
Podolski spoke of his delight on joining the Serie A side. “I am very happy to be joining Inter. I expect so much from this adventure. I know the Italian league very well. We are aiming to qualify for the Champions League and to win in the Europa League. I have spoken with Mancini and I think he is a great coach.”
Since arriving from FC Köln, the former Bayern Munich attacker netted 19 times in 60 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.