Apr 30

Podolski move confirmed by Cologne

Highly-rated Germany forward Lukas Podolski will join Arsenal in the summer after his transfer from Cologne was finally ‘rubber stamped’ by the Bundesliga side.

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The 26-year-old was a target for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger during the January transfer window but ultimately opted out of a move to north London viewing it as a risk to his place in the national side ahead of Euro 2012.

Cologne have agreed to part with their star man for a £10.9 million fee that could rise depending on appearances, his performances and how many trophies he picks up.

“The move to Arsenal provides a great opportunity for me to gain experience in international competitions at a European top club”, Podolski said in a statement on Cologne’s official website.

“I have made this decision not against FC Cologne but for this great opportunity and the good of my own individual development.”

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6 Responses to “Podolski move confirmed by Cologne”

  1. @iamyesboss says:

    Nice one. Hope Eden Hazard signs next!

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  2. WillyG says:

    Great start, Hope it gets better…..We need to keep RVP..Sign a good DM like M`villa,Vertonghen or Martinez…And a creative AM to top it off….We need to be real contenders

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  3. great signing but what we are all hoping for is more players to follow and i real hope infact pray Eden hazard joins us we need to break transfer records if we are going to break the friendly trophy drought just 30m for hazard and 10m for vertoghen and get rid of the unwanted 8 we will have more cash and can spend another 30m for an attacking midfeilder but if we don’t get Hazard and vertoghen we be regreting just like c ronaldo and nani who we lost to manu and whats worse than seeing yo arch rival get yo key to success…

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  4. We need players like him, players who fight, who has ambition, whom other players respect, not players like Almunia, Squillaci, Fabianski, Chamakh… in these players we can see that they are afraid. We must sell the dead wood and buy at least more 2 Top Class players like Podolski, If we do this we’ll be strong next season.

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  5. WillyG says:

    I would really like KAGAWA…Is hald the price of Hazard…Imagine the Marketing in Japan – Tours with him and Miyaichi…Its 100% that a team in England has turned his head as he refused a new contract extension..I`m sure it ain`t Man City(Want Harazd),Newcastle(Not good enough),Chelsea(They signed Marin),Liverpool(Haha)….That leaves us and Man Utd..Bad feeling its Man Utd but you`ll never know and I know is in will be perfect for us…Kagawa and Vertonghen and we`re ready to go.Podi 11m + Kagawa 15m + Vertonghen 11m = 37M Spend

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  6. Jim says:

    Dream on Willy G, your as bad as liverpool fans! living on past glories, at least they got some silverware this season too. Newcastle will finish above you next season as there buying established players with some metal about them, you buy light weight glory players you wont get stuck in. As for Podolski he needs to be a big fish in a small pond, could cut it at bayern and wont cut it in the premier league, you need to wake up and take a look around you!

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