Podolski set to join Inter

The Arsenal and Germany star has arrived in Milan to a joyous welcome from the club’s supporters and will undergo a medical on Saturday

Lukas Podolski has spoken of his delight as he closes in on a six-month loan deal with Inter.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said the Serie A club had tabled a “more serious” bid for the Germany international on Thursday after slamming their opening offer as “farcical” and the two sides have now reached an agreement which will see the forward join the Serie A side for the rest of the season.

The attacker landed in Milan on Friday night to a warm welcome from a large crowd of Nerazzurri fans and will look to seal the move after undergoing a medical on Saturday.

Mancini has underlined the qualities which he feels Podolski could bring to San Siro and the 29-year-old is now keen to help his new side qualify for the Champions League.

“I am very happy to be joining Inter,” Podolski told reporters.

“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.”

Podolski has been repeatedly vocal with his desire to leave Arsenal since the summer after failing to start a Premier League game this season.