Podolski turned down Anzhi fortune to make Arsenal move

FC Cologne star Lukas Podolski will choose Arsenal over a Russian pay-day this summer.

FC Cologne star Lukas Podolski will choose Arsenal over a Russian pay-day this summer.

The Guardian says Podolski rejected a lucrative offer to join Anzhi Makhachkala in favour of a transfer to Arsenal in the summer, despite the money-flushed Russian club having proposed a contract worth twice as much as that to be signed by the Germany forward at the Emirates Stadium.

The 26-year-old is expected to complete a £10.9m move from Köln to the London club at the end of the current campaign and will commit to a four-year deal that, according to sources in Germany, is worth around £100,000 a week when signing on fees and associated bonuses are taken into account.

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