Arsenal could lose Podolski but will Julio Cesar join from QPR?
Unsettled German striker is being lined up by Galatasrary as Carlos Vela talks of Emirates return
IT'S NOT just the weather that's been unsettled of late. So has Arsenal frontman Lukas Podolski, and according to the Metro that could lead to his jumping ship at the end of the season. Galatasaray are apparently "eyeing up a move" for the 27-year-old who's had a mixed year at the Emirates since his high-profile move from Cologne last summer.
The Metro claims that Podolski is wanted by the Turkish club to bring the best out of Dutch dynamo Wesley Sneijder, although Galatasaray might have to first fend off interest from Juventus, Anzhi and Bayer Leverkusen. But it's reported that Galatasaray are putting together a huge financial package to ensure that the German international can't turn them down. That package will involve a transfer fee to Arsenal of £12m as well as weekly wage of £130,000 for Podolski, who's netted nine times in 30 Premier League appearances.
Is that why Carlos Vela is hinting he might be on his way back to the Gunners? Yes, according to Sky Sports, who says that the Mexican hitman could return to Arsenal despite showing up well for Real Sociedad.
The 24-year-old made his loan move to Spain permanent last year and has since scored 12 goals in 35 games for the Basque club, a slightly better return than Vela boasted at Arsenal. Just three Premier League goals in six years of football was all the Mexican managed at the Emirates, but if Sky isn't barking up the wrong tree it seems he could soon be on his way to Arsenal.
The broadcaster says there is a clause in Vela's contract that would allow Arsenal to buy the 24-year-old back. When the possibility of rejoining the Gunners was put to him, Vela replied: "It could happen at any moment, but I don't want to think about it." Nor do Arsenal fans, who are breaking out in a cold sweat at the thought of Vela and Gervinho in the same team.
Meanwhile, could Arsene Wenger have finally decided which goalkeeper he is going to buy this summer? The Arsenal boss's attempts to find a new stopper have resembled a game of 'pin the tail on the donkey' if the newspapers are to be believed. But after being linked to at least ten different keepers in recent weeks, Wenger appears to be closing in on Julio Cesar of QPR.
Metro reports that the 33-year-old Brazilian will be one of the stars to quit relegated QPR this summer and that he could join the Gunners for £5m. The only problem is that AC Milan may also be interested.
In other news, Talksport reports that Manchester City have had a £17m bid for Roma striker Erik Lamela knocked back. Taking their cue from Italian TV channel Mediaset, Talksport claims that Sky Blues boss Roberto Mancini is desperate to sign a big-name frontman this summer and Lamela is high on his list after banging in 15 goals in 29 Serie A outings this season. The Argentine ace, just 21, is one of the world's most promising marksman and for that reason Roma have told City in no uncertain terms that Lamela is going nowhere this summer.
The Sun reports that Robert Lewandowski is ready to snub Manchester United and sign along the dotted line for Bayern Munich. The two clubs have been locked in a struggle for the Borussia Dortmund striker's signature for months, a tussle that has intensified since Lewandowski scored four times for the German club in their demolition of Real Madrid last week.
At one stage United were in the driving seat to pouch the 24-year-old Polish sharpshooter, but the Sun claims that the £25m rated Lewandowski is on the brink of sealing a £160,000-a-week five-year deal at Bayern. Dortmund will play Bayern at Wembley in the final of the Champions League following their win over Barcelona last night, and the Sun predicts it will be Lewandowski's last game for the club.
Could Bayern be about to embark on a frenzied transfer spree and hoover up the cream of Europe's young talent as Pep Guardiola prepares to take over? Liverpool and Manchester United will hope not, as they are keen on signing Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna. Unfortunately, Talksport reports that Bayern have now expressed an interest in the young Italian and he could decide to join the growing number of stars rejecting the Premier League in favour of the Bundesliga. ·