Podolski 'fixated' by Arsenal

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Former Bayer Leverkusen manager Reiner Calmund believes Lukas Podolski will almost certainly join Arsenal at the end of the season, having spoken to German striker.

The 26-year-old has been frequently linked with Arsenal in recent months, and it appeared in January that he may seal a move to north London, but this failed to come to fruition.

But, it would seem, Podolski is destined to move to the Emirates Stadium, and reports in Germany have claimed the Gunners have already struck a deal with FC Cologne.

Calmund certainly believes this is likely to be the case come the summer transfer window, and says 'Poldi' is 'fixated' by the idea of playing in the Premier League.

"I would bet a fortune on it [Arsenal transfer]! I talked with Lukas during the carnival. He is fixated on clubs in England, and I believe that there is a 90 per cent chance that he will move to Arsenal," said Calmund to SPORT1.

"Nothing has been made official yet. Koln calculated a price of €20m. Arsenal, however, will not easily blow out €20m for a player who has just a year left on his contract.

"Arsenal are a club with ambitions and he will explode there."

Arsenal are seemingly in need of goalscoring reinforcements, with Arsene Wenger's side currently over reliant on captain Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman has scored 25 times in the league this season, and his goals alone have secured 20 points for the Gunners.

Podolski would certainly fit the bill for Wenger, and would go some way to relieving the burden on Van Persie.

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