Arsenal are rumoured to be very close on signing Koln’s German striker Lukas Podolski as the Bundesliga side just secured themselves the services of 27-year-old striker Tae-Se Jong.
As Koln is not known for their investments, it’s highly likely that Jong is only there to replace Podolski who has been intensely linked with a transfer to Arsenal ever since the summer transfer window closed.
“We have monitored 20 players and Tae-Se Jong is definitely what we are after,” Cologne’s general manager Volker Finke told BILD.
“The manager (Stale Solbakken) made the decision on what type of striker he was looking for.
“Tae-Se Jong has shown on the biggest stages that he is capable of scoring a lot of goals.”
According to German newspapers, Koln rejected an £8 million offer for Podolski earlier this month coming from Arsenal and also rejected numerous offers coming from Russia.
The German striker admitted his interest in Arsenal at the end of last year, and ever since the press have focused on the possibility of the transfer, so even though the transfer market window is due to close soon a move is still very possible.