Koln striker linked with move to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are being linked with a summer move for German international striker Lukas Podolski.
The Koln forward is helping his hometown team in the fight against Bundesliga relegation after joining for €10 million back in 2009, but Die Geißböcke may be forced to cash in on the player should the worst happen this term.
Renowned in Britain for his international exploits with Germany, Podolski is confident he would be a success in the Barclays Premier League, and highlights England as a potential future destination.
“Being at Koln does me good. It’s my club, it my town,” the 25-year-old told Bild.
“If it’s up to me, I’ll still be here next season. Where I’d go if I opted to leave after all? Without wanting to sound arrogant, I could succeed at a big European club, in England or Spain.”
SOURCE: Give Me Football – Official PFA Website
German publication Bild states that Lukas Podolski would be available for around £15m if indeed Koln are forced to sell their prized asset and perhaps the talented attacker would be an ideal signing for Arsenal where he could help add beef up the North London club’s attacking options.
Tottenham are also said to be tracking the former Bayern Munich front man and if Podolski’s side are relegated then a move away from the club seems inevitable and even if the 14th placed Bundesliga side do not avoid the drop financial hardships may force Volker Finke’s side to sell.
Even though Koln are struggling Polish born Podolski has netted 12 goals and is of course a huge success at international level where he has netted a very impressive 42 goals in 84 appearances and is still just 25 years old.
Arsenal depend very much on Robin Van Persie who is of course very injury prone and new signing Marouane Chamakh may have started life in the Premier League with a bang scoring seven goals by late November but has failed to net in his last 11 top tier matches. Back up strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela may well be on their way at the end of the season so could therefore have room for the adaptable Podolski who can play out wide or as an orthodox striker.