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Podolski to join Arsenal

2012-03-08 11:55

Berlin - Germany forward Lukas Podolski is to quit Cologne at the end of the season to join Arsenal for 13 million euros, the daily tabloid Bild said on Thursday.

The German club, currently 14th in the Bundesliga, made no confirmation of the claim but Bild, which is generally well-informed, said he had accepted terms with the English Premier League side.

Podolski, 26, has agreed terms on a four-year deal that will see him earn an annual salary of some seven million euros, the newspaper said.

The attacker was transferred in 2009 from Bayern Munich to Cologne, where he played at the start of his career.

The Gunners' injured centre-back Per Mertesacker told German Sky Sports News on Wednesday that Podolski has been getting the low-down on life at the Premier League side through an exchange of text messages with him.

"He has been very interested in the last few weeks and sent me a text message or two," Mertesacker said.

"I just responded to him positively, we have a good club here and everyone here has a positive opinion of 'Poldi'."

Podolski's contract with Bundesliga strugglers Cologne does not expire until June 2013.

The player has made 95 appearances for Germany, is a veteran of two World Cups and was part of the team which reached the Euro 2008 final when the Germans lost to Spain.

Bild previously said that Cologne wanted 18 million euros for Podolski, who has scored 16 goals in 20 German league games this season - more than half of his team's total tally of 31.

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Comments
  • Ismail - 2012-03-08 13:02

    Atleast.........!!!!!!

  • stuart.bigmore - 2012-03-08 13:26

    arsenal need a new manager.........not new players!! its a sign that robin van persie is leaving them.

      SpHa S-Jay Jay-Kay - 2012-03-08 14:47

      U seriously dnt knw what you talking bwt!! No manager in the world would work the way Wenger did under the conditions he was given by the board!! Do u even watch football? RvP was a £3.2m player nd wenger transformed him from injury prone to superstar!!

      SpHa S-Jay Jay-Kay - 2012-03-08 14:47

      U seriously dnt knw what you talking bwt!! No manager in the world would work the way Wenger did under the conditions he was given by the board!! Do u even watch football? RvP was a £3.2m player nd wenger transformed him from injury prone to superstar!!

      SpHa S-Jay Jay-Kay - 2012-03-08 14:48

      U seriously dnt knw what you talking bwt!! No manager in the world would work the way Wenger did under the conditions he was given by the board!! Do u even watch football? RvP was a £3.2m player nd wenger transformed him from injury prone to superstar!!

  • SpHa S-Jay Jay-Kay - 2012-03-08 14:52

    Now mario Goetze plz nd jan vertonghan to cover left back nd we good to go... Imagine a midfield of song wishere nd goetze, the front three of AOC, RvP nd Poldi! Mouth watering prospect..

      Cyrus - 2012-03-08 18:20

      Goetze wont leave the Bundesliga before the next wc. And if he continues to grow at his pace he will be worth more than 30m Euros by then.

  • SpHa S-Jay Jay-Kay - 2012-03-08 14:53

    Now mario Goetze plz nd jan vertonghan to cover left back nd we good to go... Imagine a midfield of song wishere nd goetze, the front three of AOC, RvP nd Poldi! Mouth watering prospect..

  • Matt - 2012-03-09 15:08

    Please Wenger we want qaulity , i knw Podoloski is quality player but we need other players too. the uero cup is coming it's time scout for some young agian............................ thanks for winnings .

  • Maemo - 2012-03-10 13:04

    arsenal need many players bringing podoski is a good move but he need assistance from other good players.......1 man cant help arsenal go back to its old times of winning

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