Thursday, 27 November 2008

Spurs, Man City & Real Madrid On Alert As Beckenbauer Says Podolski Can Leave For €15million

Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City along with Real Madrid are on red alert after German legend Franz Beckenbauer revealed that striker Lukas Podolski will be allowed to leave the Allianz Arena.

23-year-old Podolski, despite being a regular for the German national team has found limited opportunities this season under coach Jurgen Klinsman, who has preferred to play Miroslav Klose and Italian Luca Toni upfront for the Bundesliga giants.

Beckenbauer has revealed that this is due to the Podolski’s style not fitting in with Bayern’s way of playing and has said the Polish-born forward can leave Bayern if their valuation of €15million is met.

Beckenbauer told Bild: “Everything in life has its price.

“Two and a half years ago, we paid €10 million. Now, the fee is €15 million.

“You cannot keep a professional if he is unhappy, on the bench, and not playing.

“Poldi does not quite fit into our way of playing. He is a top-class striker when he has space in front of him as he has the pace to run clear.

“But the teams we play against are usually very defensive, so we need players who can get into the penalty area – Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni in particular.”

This will alert City and Spurs along with Real, who have all been heavily linked with Podolski, with a January transfer now looking more likely than ever for the striker. €15million would not be prohibitive cost for all three clubs, with the decision resting with Podolski as to whether White Hart Lane, the Bernabeu or the Eastlands Stadium is the right place to ply his trade.

However, Podolski’s former club Cologne have expressed an interest in resigning the striker, with the German club having first refusal as part of the deal that took Podolski to Bayern.

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