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.”