Podolski: No Arsenal deal agreed

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Arsenal transfer target Lukas Podolski has denied any deal has been agreed, but indicated a move to Emirates Stadium is in the offing.

Reports have been rife of a deal between Podolski’s club Cologne and the Gunners, with a fee of around £10.9million being mooted.

The Germany international has been coy in the past when quizzed over the move, but he was more forthcoming when speaking about it this weekend.

“We'll just have to wait and see, but nothing has been decided yet,” he said.

“Every day people are repeatedly announcing the deal, or wanting to be the first to confirm it exclusively, but if there is anything to say, then I will be the first to do so.”

It would be a change from last season in transfer policy for Arsene Wenger and the north London club, who were criticised for letting two of their most influential players, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, leave late in the window.

There was further criticism for the subsequent late spree of signings, with many believing the new signings not to be up to standard.

If a deal for the 26-year-old is close, Wenger and the striker have certainly go their stories straight, as the Frenchman said something very similar when asked about the potential transfer.

“I have not a lot to say about that because if we sign a player we will inform you. At the moment we have not signed anybody. There is still no agreement,” said the Arsenal boss.

“The distance to the agreement is not always linked with the signing. When you are very close you are quickly very far again, but Podolski is a good player, I wouldn't deny that.”

If Podolski were to sign for the Gunners, he would line up next to fellow German international Per Mertesacker, who is currently recovering from ankle surgery.

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