Arsene Wenger is ready to make another early movement in the transfer market and tie up a deal for versatile Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen.
Ajax defender Vertonghen, a Belgian international team-mate of Gunners vice-captain Thomas Vermaelen, is his possibly next target.
The 25-year-old is about to enter the final year of his contract and that has alerted a multiple amount of clubs – including north London rivals Spurs – across Europe, but Arsenal is thought to be his preferred destination from what he has said.
“Jan has some dream clubs, which are special for him,’ Vertonghen’s agent Mustapha Nakhli said this week. “Playing football in the top of the Premier League is something he has always hoped for.”
While Vertonghen is a definite choice for a centre-back and his ability to also play in a defensive midfielder role that is interesting Arsene Wenger, who has made finding a back-up to Alex Song his main priority.
“We are happy to have made this signing early and we are looking forward to watching Lukas contribute at the European Championship over the summer,” said Wenger, who is in no doubt about the quality of his latest purchase.
“We are delighted to secure the deal for Lukas and see him as an important part of our future. He is a top-class player, a very good finisher and a proven performer at club and international level. He is a very strong player and will provide us with good attacking options.”
Podolski said: “I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal and to play in the Premier League. They are one of the top clubs in Europe with a huge history. The style of football which the team plays is fantastic. I’m proud to become an Arsenal player.”