While Old Trafford appears to be the preferred destination of the Dutchman, who announced earlier this summer he would not be signing a new contract, Manchester United will have to move closer towards the £20million at which Arsenal appear willing to do business for a player who could walk away for nothing at the end of the campaign.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has signalled his intent for the challenges ahead by adding experience in the form of German striker Podolski, France forward Olivier Giroud and Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla.
Podolski, 27, maintains this shows Arsenal can be thinking about an attack on the championship and not just securing third or fourth place again.
“The Premier League has five or six teams who can play for the title — and we are one of them. We really want to win this trophy.” Podolski said.
“I hope I can score a lot of goals and make some assists to help the club in the Premier League.”