Lukas Podolski looks set to leave Arsenal this week, with reports from The Express claiming that Juventus are close to agreeing a loan deal.

The German World Cup winner has been heavily linked with a switch away from north London since returning from his summer exploits on Brazil, with Galatasaray thought to have been leading the chase.

But now with the Turkish side seemingly out of the running after dubbing the forward a “luxury” signing, Juve are ready to pounce.

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Representatives from Turin are set to speak to Arsenal tomorrow, with Podolski’s exclusion from Saturday’s matchday squad appearing to have opened the door for a move.

Although the Gunners are believed to be looking for a permanent deal for the 29-year-old, the Old Lady will only take him on loan with a view to a full deal next year.

Arsene Wenger may well relent to such wishes, with Podolski unlikely to be missed at the Emirates Stadium due to the wealth of players able to play in similar roles.

Meanwhile the Frenchman is keen to get deals done for Kostas Manolas and William Carvalho done before next week’s transfer deadline.

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