Emirates Stadium boss ready to spend big.
Arsenal are readying a £55m double Bundesliga bid this summer according to German newspaper BILD.
The North London club is preparing significant offers for Borussia Dortmund youngster Mario Gotze and Koln attacker Lukas Podolski as the Gunners look to strengthen their squad after what has proved thus far a very trying season at the Emirates Stadium club.
Arsene Wenger will hope to be able to offer Champions League football to any prospective new signing and has been tracking 19 year old German international Gotze for the past year but may find themselves going up against many other prospective suitors interested in the teenager, who last term helped his side to a Bundesliga title.
Gotze has proven equally consistent this term, collecting six goals and eight assists to help take his side to the top of the domestic table looking to retain their title. Dortmund boss Klopp will fight to keep the talented midfielder but experienced a similar situation a year ago when he lost Nuri Sahin to Real Madrid.
Podolski has expressed his frustration with his Koln side after they failed to invest in their squad, leaving Ståle Solbakken’s side in 14th spot, just six points off relegation.
The 26 year old has notched up almost 100 international caps and has been in fine form for the club he re-joined from Bayen Munich in the summer of 2009. The Polish born attacker, who can play out wide as well as in orthodox striking role, has netted 15 goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances this term, despite Koln’s poor standing.
Wenger may see Gotze as a long term replacement for Cesc Fabregas and with the likes of Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho failing to offer Robin Van Persie goal-scoring support, Podolski could be seen as a potential strike partner for the Dutch goal machine.
Both signings would be considered top notch additions that could appease supporters who feel that Arsenal have skimped on new additions in recent seasons but Wenger may have his work cut out persuading either of the pair that a move to the Premier League side would support their individual career progressions.