Emirates Stadium side set to clinch deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Cologne hitman Podolski on brink of Arsenal switch after agreeing terms
Arsenal are closing in on the transfer of Germany striker Lukas Podolski, who has agreed terms to move to the Emirates.
Sportsmail revealed earlier this month that Arsenal were eager to rebuild, and bidding for Podolski and Germany midfielder and team-mate Mario Gotze is a good start.
While Borussia Dortmund are in no mood to let 19-year-old rising star Gotze leave, Cologne are resigned to losing Podolski and believe he is bound for the Emirates in the summer.
It is understood the 26-year old is happy with the terms on offer at Arsenal and a deal can go through at the end of the season, provided a fee can be agreed.
Cologne are ready to dig their heels in and demand around £15million after being left unimpressed by Arsenal’s valuation of £8m.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Arsene Wenger has been tracking the 26 year old German international for some months now and it appears a deal has been struck with the player and now all that is left is for the two sides to agree a fee for the experienced Koln attacker. There is a fairly big discrepancy between what the Bundesliga side feel Lukas Podolski is worth and what the Emirates Stadium side is willing to pay.
Koln’s demand for £15m seems a fair one given the level of player we are talking about. The former Bayern Munich man has notched up 95 German national team caps, amassing a very healthy 43 goals in the process. Podolski is also a man in great form having scored 15 goals in 18 matches this term, a record that is all the more impressive when you consider his side is just four points from the relegation zone.
Wenger is looking to bring in more attacking options and to help Robin Van Persie carry the goal-scoring load and the North London side, having agreed personal terms with the Polish born forward, would do well to up their offer if they want to secure the signing of the top notch Koln man.
With Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh failing to make an impact up front Podolski would act as a great addition and his adaptable presence would greatly aid the Gunners attack. Podolski can play out wide as well as an orthodox striker and such a signing may help to persuade Robin Van Persie to put pen to paper on a new deal as the Dutchman has just over a year to run on his current contract.