Arsenal are reportedly preparing a £40 million bid for highly rated 19-year-old German wonderkid Julian Draxler, according to reports in Mirror.
The Gunners are yet to make any significant signings this summer but it seems boss Wenger is determined to bring in some marquee names before the window closes on Monday night.
The report suggests that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis was working hard at the clubs training ground on Friday afternoon to try and tie up a deal for Draxler, with the north Londoner prepared to pay £40 million for the hugely talented 19-year-old attacking midfielder.
Wenger however has major reservations about the price but Arsenal have made contact with Draxler’s club Schalke and are believed to be willing to pay around £40 m, although the German club are demanding an astonishing £60 m. Draxler has recently signed a new contract to ward off bidders, but Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is desperate to appease fans with a marquee signing before the transfer window slams shut on Monday.
The prospects of a possible move increased on Friday when Schalke snapped up Kevin Prince-Boateng from AC Milan which have given Arsenal hope that a deal can be done.
Draxler is a full time German International and is rated highly in the Bundesliga. The midfielder scored 10 goals and created three more from 24 league starts last season, helping Schalke to the Champions League group stage.
He is a good dribbler and looks to cut in from the flank while playing sharp interchanges with his colleagues to work for an opening. He is comfortable crossing and shooting off either foot, he will be a considerable challenge for opposition full-backs.
Draxler is innovative and has many weapons with which he can create an opening for his team mates and is also strong and relatively good in the air. He will however need to improve his defensive side of the game.
He plays as both a central and left-sided attacking midfielder for Schalke, but he is expected to play instead of countryman Lukas Podolski from the left flank if he joins Arsenal. There is no doubt that Draxler would add much to the Arsenal attacking unit, but will he make a big enough impact to justify the price tag is to be seen. His arrival will definitely send out a message for our rivals and will send a message of intent to the fans too.
It will be a frantic final few days in the transfer market for for the fans and the club alike. It looks like Arsenal are playing a dangerous game by waiting until the last minute to get their business done, it remains to be seen where this decision will lead.
What do you say Gooners?