Although reports suggested earlier in the week that Lukas Podolski's transfer to Arsenal in the summer was virtually a done deal, it has emerged today that Inter and AC Milan are also vying for the forward's signature.

The Italian giants' interested in the German international has been reported by, citing a report in the Express.

Certainly if the two Milan clubs were to register serious interest for Podolski it would give the 26-year-old a difficult decision to make over his future.

Indeed, much could depend on which of the three possible clubs are able to offer Podolski Champions League soccer next season.

It is widely reported that Podolski, who's contract expires next summer, is frustrated by current club Koln's lack of ambition and so will likely be seeking to play in Europe's premier competition.

While Arsenal currently sit in the coveted fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League, their participation in next season's Champions League looks far from secure. In Italy, Inter's Champions League participation for next season looks even more precarious, with the Milan club currently sitting nine points off a Champions League position.

Milan, however, are challenging for the Italian title and will feel fairly confident of qualifying for the Champions League.

Another factor influencing Podolski's decision could be Milan's 4-0 hammering of Arsenal in the first leg of the sides' Champions League last 16 encounter two weeks ago.

Whether the interest from Italy is anymore than specualtion at this stage, though, remains to be seen. It would appear that Arsenal, having pursued Podolski for several months, are still in the driving seat to secure his signature.

Podolski's rumored move to Arsenal has also been given the backing by Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff.

It would be a great move joining Arsenal for [Podolski], he said, according to ESPN. Arsene Wenger is an exceptional manager [who] could make Lukas a stronger and better player.