Arsenal have rejected an £10 million offer from Borussia Dortmund for Lukas Podolski, according to reports. The Schwarzgelben have sold star playmaker Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich and are set to lose want away striker Robert Lewandowski too.
They have eyed Podolski as the man to replace Lewandowski but were turned away with a £10 million offer. The Gunners shelled out £11 million to sign the experienced German international last summer from Cologne and Arsene Wenger has been pleased with the player’s performances.
The striker has been used as a left wing-forward rather than his preferred central role but still managed an impressive 16 goals despite his frequent substitutions. Links with Dortmund began last month but the player was quick to dismiss any speculation by claiming his desire to stay at Arsenal.
“I feel very comfortable and I am completely satisfied with my first year in England. I have no intention to leave the club.” Podolski told reporters. The comments show Podolski’s happiness at Arsenal and clearly he does not want to leave. Fans will be happy to hear this, with the player a popular figure amongst the supporters
The departure of Andrey Arshavin and expected departure of Gervinho opens up more game time for Podolski with Olivier Giroud set to compete with Gonzalo Higuain for the central role. The financial power Arsenal have gained look set to bring in established stars to help Arsenal challenge for honours and Wenger has assured Podolski will still be a key part of that, prompting the former Bayern Munich forward to stay.
Reports suggest Dortmund will not take no for an answer and will up their bid to £17 million which could tempt Wenger in to selling and making £6 million profit. The club are also looking at Tomas Rosicky, who joined the Gunners from Dortmund in 2006. The Czech’s future is currently in the air, the player has stated he wants to stay at Arsenal but transfer targets could see his game time reduced and therefore a transfer away could be best for both parties.