Arsenal FC: Lukas Podolski Reportedly Agrees €13 Million Switch
German national team striker Lukas Podolski has agreed a €13 million transfer to Arsenal, according to reports emanating from Germany tonight.
While no official word on any potential deal has come from either Podolski's current club, Koln, or from Arsenal, German newspaper Bild claims that an agreement has been reached between the two clubs.
The paper also suggests that Podolski will sign a four-year deal at Arsenal, worth around €7 million per year, which approximates to a fairly considerable 100,000 pounds a week.
Bild has filed several stories in recent weeks about Podolski's potential switch to Arsenal, but this is the first to give any concrete details about a deal.
Podolski is a seasoned international player, racking up an impressive 43 goals in 95 appearances for the German national team. He has spent most of his club career at Koln, aside from a brief, largely unsuccessful stint at Bayern Munich between 2006 and 2009.
Podolski could be just the player Arsenal need at present. He can play as an out-and-out striker, a support striker or as a winger in a 4-3-3 formation.
Last night's narrow Champions League defeat to AC Milan showed the dearth of striking options available to the Gunners at present, aside from the magisterial Robin van Persie. Both Marouane Chamakh and Park Su-Young are heavily rumoured to be leaving the Gunners this summer. As such, Podolski could be just the figure to bolster Arsenal's attacking options.
However, he is very much the centre of attention at Koln at present and may not take well to merely being a backup in North London.
Accordingly, he does resemble something of a risky purchase for Arsenal, who will be hoping that his second stint at a Champions League club will be more profitable than his time at Munich.