Arsenal have been boosted in their attempts to land German international Julian Draxler, with his coach conceding he will be sold if the buyout clause is met this summer.
Arsene Wenger was reportedly chasing the 20-year-old starlet in the winter window in a bid to bolster his attacking ranks, however they failed to match Schalke’s valuation.
The north London side are expected to return for him again this summer, and now the news has been confirmed that a release clause (rumoured to be around the €45.5 million [£37m] mark) will make Draxler attainable.
The Schalke coach Jens Keller reportedly told Sport Bild:
I am delighted that we have him on board for the second half of the season but, because of his clause, he can leave when a club puts the money on the table.
That’s why I can’t plan with him, because it is just not in my or our hands.
It’s a god-awful situation when, as the coach, you don’t know whether such an important player will move on, but Julian was injured at that time, so at least any unrest did not necessarily affect the other players.
[On having a backup plan] It would have been bad if we didn’t have one. When you have to replace a player like Julian, you had better be prepared.
He’s young, but has made over 100 competitive appearances for Schalke.
Others don’t achieve that in five, six years. That’s why he is very experienced already, and has shown his superior qualities often enough, although his youth shows in his consistency.
It’s clear that all the talk about his €45.5m release clause and the interest from top European clubs leaves its mark on such a young lad. The hype around him last summer was huge.
He must learn to cope with that, and also that failing to perform at less than 100% is not good enough for him.
The Gunners are expected to launch another bid for the attacker this summer, however a number of clubs will be interested especially if he enjoys a solid World Cup campaign with Germany.
Although we will not know about the true situation involving the winter window, it seems a big mistake not to fork out the cash in January to secure his signature.
Time and time again we’ve (/Wenger) done this, look at both Hazard and Mata – both players we could have bought but we didn’t stump up the market value. However in these circumstances we didn’t have the financial muscle to battle Chelsea but now we do.
Draxler is clearly a long term target of the club, so let’s hope Arsenal’s prudence in January doesn’t affect our ability to buy him in the summer.
What are your thoughts Gooners? It’s obvious he’s available for the right amount or money, should we buy him?