Bundesliga expert Ralph Honigstein has recently revealed that unless Arsenal offer Cologne ‘crazy money’ for Lukas Podolski this month then the 26-year-old forward will remain at the German club until the end of the season.
Honigstein told talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs Show this week:
‘They [Arsenal] did really try; they talked to him [Podolski].
‘Obviously he is aware of Robin van Persie’s form and he does like to play centre forward but can play wide out on the left, which he has done for Germany.
‘But his ideal position is centre forward, and I think the uncertainty was left in his mind after the contact, coupled with the fact that Cologne really do not want to sell, which makes it nearly impossible for him to move.’
He went on to say:
‘But Arsenal tried and they may try again with a slightly more increased offer.
‘But unless you’re talking crazy money, which would be something around about €20 million [£18 million], it’s not going to happen.’