The noises around Lukas Podolski have been quiet in terms of transfer activity, largely due to the form in which he ended last season for Arsenal, seizing his opportunity from being a player restricted to a bench role, to starting virtually the last ten games of Arsenal’s season of 2013/2014. With the transfer activity going on in the club, reports have emerged from German sports publication Bild that Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing the former Cologne striker/winger.
Although, he is a popular figure within the club going by his jovial personality, it remains to be seen whether he will see much game time this coming season especially with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez. Added to that Santi Cazorla and Oxlade Chamberlain can still feature from the left wing. This makes his position within the team untenable.
With Arsenal’s long term interest in Marcos Reus having being established, the club can keep an eye on the transfer of the Reus by establishing a relationship with Borussia Dortmund that will see Lukas Podolski move to the Iduna Park; while the gifted nature of Marcos Reus and his directness to handling events in the football pitch, together with his uncanny ability to contribute immensely to the build-up play of a team, something that his lacking in Lukas Podolski’s game, the latter’s transfer can be used to lure the former to the Emirates.
However, considering the age factor of both players, it is improbable whether Borussia Dortmund will consider bringing in a player approaching thirty and in turn let go of a player who is just 25. Although, with Borussia Dortmund not amongst the big financial power houses in Europe even with their enormous following, which makes it susceptible to other bigger clubs like the transfer of Mario Goetze to Bayern Munich showed, Arsenal can still look to bring in Marcos Reus who has a €35 million clause in his contract. A clause reports state comes into play at a certain time. It means the Dortmund hierarchy will be duty bound to accept a bid that activates the clause in Reus’ contract should the player be willing to move.
Against the backdrop of Lukas Podolski’s links to Borussia Dortmund, the statement of Arsene Wenger comes into play. He said towards the end of last season that, every player under contract with the club will need the permission of the club to move. And with Lukas Podolski’s being only the natural goal scorer in the squad, will Arsene Wenger consider selling him? Added to that, is his preference to play for his home town club Cologne when he returns to Germany. The likelihood is that he might end up spending another season at Arsenal before he considers a move away, but with the transfer window still open, an element of surprise cannot be ruled out.