Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their transfer plans after Lukasz Podolski’s agent ruled out a move away from Cologne in January, according to The
Podolski had been a target of Arsenal’s attention since the summer and it was expected that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would make a move for the German international. Cologne had been desperate to hold on to their star forward, but Podolski was interested in challenging himself away from Germany. However, the move will not happen in January and is only possible next summer.
The Cologne striker has scored 14 goals in 16 Bundesliga games this season and is a shoo-in for the Germany national squad for Euro 2012. Podolski was concerned that his form may dip in the Premier League and has made the decision to wait before a move. Kon Schramm, Podolski’s agent, has ruled out a transfer for the 26 year old, stating that a move was ‘all but impossible’.
Schramm did not rule out any possible summer transfer and Podolski may be interested in Champions League football, should Arsenal qualify. Wenger has failed to see goals from his strikers, apart from captain Robin van Persie, and was looking to bring someone who would add finishing to his attacking side. Podolski had made 91 appearances for Germany and is valued at around £10m by Cologne, which Arsenal are prepared to pay.
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