It seems a given now that German international Lukas Podolski will move to the Emirates doesn’t it? Especially after the constant statements from all sorts of camps related to the striker have confirmed his desire to move to North London.
Now it’s the former Bayer Leverkusen manager Reiner Calmund’s turn, claiming he talked to Podolski and that there is a 90% chance of the move going through.
After speaking to the Koln striker at the city carnival, the 26-year-old apparently told Calmund of his desire to join an English club at the end of the season.
Calmund told SPORT1:
I would bet a fortune on it [Arsenal transfer]! I talked with Lukas during the carnival. He is fixated on clubs in England, and I believe that there is a 90 per cent chance that he will move to Arsenal.
Nothing has been made official yet. Koln calculated a price of €20m [£16.6m]. Arsenal, however, will not easily blow out €20m for a player who has just a year left on his contract.
Arsenal are a club with ambitions and he will explode there.
Apparently there’s an interesting twist for Koln who were hoping to cash in big time for their star player as its been revealed that they stand to lose over 20 per cent of the money they get for the Germany international according to reports on goal.com
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Firstly they will loose a substantial amount of profit if they are relegated from the Bundesliga, and apparently two investors Franz Josef Wernze and Frank Asbeck each own 10% of Podolski’s transfer fee after the duo helped fund Koln to buy him from Bayern Munich, while Munich themselves are entitled to 10% of any revenue above £8.5m.
This is fantastic news for the Gunners, especially because his transfer fee will be very low for such a world class act which makes it much more of a believable rumour.
He will add more variety in attack as he can play out wide and is a natural central striker. Hopefully his signing will be the first of a series of high profile players to head to the Emirates this summer.
Who else would you like to see transfer to North London? Mario Gotze would be nice… And/or Eden Hazard.