Manchester City open bidding at £15m for Germany World Cup 2010 star Lukas Podolski - report

Manchester City have slapped in a £15 million bid for Germany World Cup 2010 star Lukas Podolski, according to Morgenpost.

Podolski, 25, has impressed in South Africa after enduring several years to forget in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich and Koeln. Despite the set backs in his domestic career, the left-sided attacker continued to excel for the national team and his two goals helped the push to the semi-final stage.

Blues manager Roberto Mancini is keen to bolster his options for next season's assault on the top four and Podolski's versatility has appealed to him. The player is understood to be happy to stay at home town side Koeln but the big-money offer could be hard to for the club to turn down after he scored just two top flight goals last term.

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