• Kyodo


Vissel Kobe have given up on trying to sign World Cup winner Lucas Podolski by the start of the J. League season, but will make another run at the former Germany international during the summer transfer window, a source close to the J1 club told Kyodo News on Tuesday.

Kobe had been trying to pry Podolski, now 31, away from Galatasaray by Feb. 25 when the J. League season opens, but was unsuccessful. Galatasaray, reportedly, also had offers from big-money Chinese teams.

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