It looks likely that Arsenal may have to make do with Theirry Henry as their only attacking acquisition this winter as January target Lukas Podolski has been ruled out of a move away from the Bundasliga this month by his agent.
The German international striker had been strongly linked with a January move to Arsenal after admitting he is after a fresh challenge away from Cologne overseas.
However Podolski is apparently set to remain in Germany until the end of the season as he wishes to focus on gaining a Euro 2012 place in the German squad and Cologne reluctant to do business over their prized asset halfway through the season.
Kon Schramm, Podolski’s agent, has been quotes as saying to The Guardian that a move was ‘all but impossible’, and that ‘Cologne has priority right now; we have time [for everything else] in the summer’.
The Guardian also reports that another stumping factor in the deal is Arsenal and Cologne’s idea of a transfer fee for the on-fire striker, with The Gunners £10million opening offer considerably lower than the Bundasliga sides evaluation.
It is a blow for Gunners fans that were starting to get excited about the possibility of seeing the prolific German striker make his way to North London, but it makes perfect sense from his end to remain in Germany ahead of the Euro 2012 championship. Arsenal should set up some sort of pre-agreement so that they have priority come next summer.
His current deal runs out at the end of the 2013 season, just like Van Persie, and will certainly be sold this coming summer as Cologne will want to cash in on their talisman with the club in some financial crisis.