The long and ugly saga that Lukas Podolski's inevitable transfer has become appears to be reaching a conclusion and the outcome could be great news for Landon Donovan.
The U.S. national team star stands poised to take advantage of some more avalable playing time during his loan spell with Bayern Munich now that Podolski is moving closer to a transfer back to FC Cologne, his former club.
With no other acquisitions on the immediate horizon for Bayern, Donovan should now be part of the German club's playing rotation, though a long-term deal to stay with the club seems more unlikely now that Bayern has lined up a summer move for Hamburg's Ivica Olic. That still doesn't mean that Donovan's short loan deal won't be extended beyond March, which remains a possibility, and he could still lead Bayern to make MLS an offer if he has a strong showing during his loan spell.
What do you think about Donovan's chances for playing time now? Could you see him playing a role in Bayern's Champions League campaign? Do you see Bayern making a serious offer to buy Donovan?
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