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It seems that Lukas Podolski move to Arsenal has not been confirmed after all. This shock news comes to the Arsenal fans after it has been reported that Italian club Lazio are looking at the possibility of signing Lukas Podolski in the summer. They have begun talks with the former Bayern Munich striker, who has grown increasingly frustrated of life at Cologne. Even though it was Lukas Podolski who insisted upon moving to Cologne, the striker has grown desperate to win more trophies. As a result, it is thought that Lukas Podolski agreed a £ 10.1 million move to Arsenal in the summer, but Arsene Wenger refused to acknowledge the fact that everything had been done and dusted, even if he admitted that he wanted to play Podolski with youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain next seaosn.
Many believe that Arsene Wenger was downplaying the fact that they had signed for the best strikers in Europe, but it seems that they have indeed not. This news comes after last year have confirmed that they are currently holding talks with Lukas Podolski over a potential transfer. They have also expressed confidence that Podolski will have the courage to snub Arsenal over the potential Italian move. Lazio are currently third in the Italian Serie A and will be able to offer the prospect of Champions League football next season.
“Contrary to reports from the past few days, nothing has been decided yet. If there is something to report, then I’ll do it. It would be great to play alongside him again, Miro has spoken well of Lazio and he’s happy in Rome. My future has yet to be decided,” Lukas Podolski said in a recent interview. One of the big factors towards Podolski moving to Italy would be the presence of former Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose, with whom Podolski is known to share are good bond.
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The relationship between German striker Lukas Podolski and his hometown club Cologne seem to have hit rock bottom after the German club accused Podolski of making unauthorised comments against his club.
Cologne decided to sign Lukas Podolski a few seasons ago after the German striker said that he was not comfortable at Bayern Munich. Initially, the return to his hometown club went extremely well for the German striker, but the relationship has turned sour of late. Lukas Podolski recently gave an interview in a magazine, in which he appeared to suggest that Cologne have made false promises in order to complete his return from Bayern Munich.
Lukas Podolski moved from Bayern Munich nearly 3 seasons ago. He has been largely ineffective over the last couple of months. It has been rumoured that Podolski is looking for a move away from Cologne due to the fact that his hometown club have been unable to match his ambitions. In a recent interview, Podolski said that Cologne had made promises when they were trying to sign him from Bayern Munich. None of the promises have been met and that he would like to leave the club for the benefit of his career.
“Of course such a high-profile player has every right to speak out publicly, but we are surprised about the timing and the content of an interview on the day in which we had a very important game against Hamburg. The interview had not been agreed with us, nor had we authorised its publication,” Cologne general manager Claus Horstmann said. It has also been reported that Lukas Podolski will be fined by Cologne due to the unauthorised remarks he made against the club. Cologne are currently in the 12th position in the table with very little chance to make it into the Champions League.
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There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Lukas Podolski, has a number of teams including the likes of Arsenal and AC Milan have been linked with moves for the Koln striker in the January transfer window.
In order to add further fuel to the fire, Lukas Podolski’s agent has confirmed that there has been interest from other clubs like AC Milan and Arsenal. He has said that even though his client is comfortable at the moment, he does not rule out any potential moves in the future. The player himself is yet to commit long term contract with the club leading to more speculations.
Lukas Podolski seems to have reignited the passion for football in him once again, as he has been scoring a number of goals in the German Bundesliga this season. So far, he has got 14 goals from 16 matches for his club. Lukas Podolski failed to live up to the expectations of his former club Bayern Munich and has been spending time at his hometown club Koln since moving a few years ago. Even though it is thought that his passion is to play for his hometown club, he is also looking to lift a few trophies while he is at the peak of his career.
“Milan? We don’t comment on these rumours. There are a bunch of rumours on him, every day there are calls from Italy, from England and even from Russia. The real truth is that Lukas has a contract with Koln and he is comfortable there. At the moment this is how things are,” Lukas Podolski’s agent Scramm exclusively told a major tabloid paper. The current contract of the 26-year-old will come to an end in 2013, by which time he will be free to move to a club on a Bosman.
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German club Schalke are looking at signing Cologne’s Germany star Lukas Podolski, although not in the January transfer window. They are reportedly looking at Podolski to replace former Real Madrid star Raul in the summer.
Lukas Podolski has had his fair share of time in the limelight during his time at Bayern Munich, but the German star has been relatively subdued since his return to Cologne – his first club. Perhaps, the move to Schalke would be the perfect kick-off that he needs in life to reclaim the position as one of the top players in world football.
Despite being only 26 years old, Lukas Podolski has made a number of records both in the German League and also for the national team. Former Real Madrid star Raul’s contract comes to an end this June, and it seems that the club do not have any plans to extend the contract. Raul has been one of the reasons for Schalke to have been performing pretty well in the German Bundesliga of late. However, they seem to be looking forward to the future with the signing of the 26-year-old striker Lukas Podolski. Since the reports about the interest from Schalke surfaced, Cologne have revealed that they will consider offering the striker a new contract to stay with the club.
“I’d like to hear what they have to say, but I won’t put myself under any pressure. I am taking the necessary time to think about what is right for me. I want to know how to help develop the club,” Podolski told Germany daily Bild. Podolski is currently the top scorer in the German Bundesliga after having scored 11 goals from 13 games so far this season. The valuation that Cologne have placed on the striker has not been revealed yet.
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