It is being reported today that Arsenal and Koln have finalized the transfer of Lukas Podolski to the Emirates as the German international hitman doesn’t want to interupt his preparations for the Euros.
The headline in today’s Mirror certainly makes it sound like a done deal. It read: Arsenal clinch £10m signing of German striker Podolski, A fee of £10million has been agreed with FC Koln and Podolski will sign a five-year contract at around £80,000 a week. A national paper doesn’t usually make statements like that unless they are certain that they know the facts.
They then go one to say that Wenger has now turned his attention to the strong holding midfielder Yann M’Vila, who has also been very strongly linked with the Gunners over the last couple of months. The 21 year-old French international has just about every sign of a typical Wenger signing.
He is French, young but still experienced with 18 caps for his country, and is only expected to cost around 15 million. And after Podolski, the holding midfield position is one of the most vulnerable positions for Arsenal if Alex Song gets injured.