Arsenal deal is far from done: Podolski
BERLIN: Arsenal target Lukas Podolski said his deal to join the Gunners was far from done as he finished a turbulent week by being shown a red card during Cologne’s 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Reports in both the British and German media in mid-week claimed Podolski is poised to join the London club for 13 million euros ($17m) later this year as the Premier League side aim to beef up their attack.
Gunners coach Arsene Wenger said on Friday that the deal was not yet complete, which the Germany star confirmed after he finished the week by seeing red during his team’s win in a bad-tempered Bundesliga match.
“Contrary to the reports of the past few days, nothing has been decided yet,” Podolski told German Sky Sports.
“If there is something to report, I’ll let you know.”
Podolski’s contract with Bundesliga strugglers Cologne does not expire until June 2013 and he is set to star at Euro 2012, having previously made 95 appearances for Germany.
German daily Bild have previously claimed Cologne want 18 million euros for Podolski, who has scored 16 goals in 21 German league games this season – more than half of his team’s total tally of 31.