The 20 year old was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the January transfer window with widespread reports stating that the transfer was very close and at one point the bookmakers even stopped taking bets on him making the move to north London.
However a move failed to materialise and reports suggested that the Gunners were set to miss out on Draxler altogether with Bayern Munich ready to meet the players £37 million release clause at the end of the season.
Those reports have been dismissed by Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies, who has come out to claim that Draxler has no interest in making the move to the Allianz Arena. He said:
I can rule out, 100 per cent, that Julian Draxler wants to go to Bayern.
Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt confirmed recently that a mystery club bid for the player, but claimed the interested party was located to the north of them, which would rule out Arsenal and Bayern for that matter. He said:
I can confirm that there was a request.
It had the dimension of a transfer that you don’t do any day of the week. It was a decent deal, but insufficient for us to accept.
It came from a club to the north of us.
Draxler is the type of player who will enormously increase Arsenal’s attacking options and can play on either wing or in the play maker role behind the striker. He can be a readymade replacement for any of Arsenal’s three attacking midfield berths.
This season has shown that an acquisition of a marquee player like Mesut Ozil can have a big impact on the club, the German has been instrumental in Arsenal’s recent renaissance and the signing of Draxler could have sent a message to their rivals. Instead, the Gunners go into the most crucial period of the season looking light in attack.
He’s one of the best young talents in world football and while a figure like £37 million is a huge sum of money, Arsenal must realise that the transfer market is not only based on quality but potential. If Draxler isn’t worth the money now, you can bet he will be in the future.
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