Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Schalke considering Podolski loan bid

Schalke are interested in taking Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski on a season-long loan, the Independent understands.

The Germany international scored sixteen goals in all competitions in his debut season with the Gunners last season, but is set to fall down the pecking order at the club should they sign Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema.

He was substituted twenty-three times in the league last season, a record only better by former Sunderland midfielder Steed Malbranque, who was replaced on 26 occasions during the 2009/10 campaign.

Last season aside, Podolski has spent his entire career in Germany, enjoying spells with FC Koln and Bayern Munich before securing a move to the Premier League last summer.

Schalke, who initially registered an interest in Podolski back in 2007, face competition from fellow Bundesliga side Wolfsburg and Juventus in the race to secure the 28 year olds services.

He was a 94th minute substitute in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend, while he also came on late in the 3-0 victory over Fenerbache on Wednesday.

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Deke Hardman


Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.

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