Lukas Podolski deal with Arsenal still far from done
Contrary to trending reports that FC Kohln striker Lukas Podolski has “agreed personal terms with Arsenal”, the German striker is hardly heading for a move to north London as it stands.
Indeed, Podolski is believed to be patiently weighing his options at the moment and will only make a decision over his future after participating at Euro 2012 this summer.
The 26-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of next season and his impressive performances have attracted the attention of Arsenal as well as Schalke and Lazio.
Indeed, out of those clubs linked to Podolski, it is actually Schalke who are deemed as favourites to land the left-footed striker.
According to Express, Schalke have moved to offer double the amount of Podolski’s wages if the German international signs on – a financial move which Arsene Wenger is unlikely to counter.
Schalke themselves are making their own sacrifices to lure Podolski with club sponsors Gazprom reportedly willing to fund the move for the German star in a bid to boost their profile while allowing Jefferson Farfan’s exit in order to afford a €6 million-per-season contract for Podolski.
Personal terms in transfer deals are agreed only at advanced stages in negotiations and with Podolski’s current club yet to even agree over the sale of the striker, no developments have occurred in any potential transfer.
Thus, as it remains Arsenal are yet to address the situation of Lukas Podolski at FC Kohln.