Arsenal have been dealt a heavy blow with two potential transfer targets for the summer ruled out, young Bundesliga striker Josip Drmic has signed for Bayer Leverkusen while Julian Draxler has stated he is not going anywhere this summer.
Firstly onto the centre forward who has made a name for himself with Nurnberg, bagging 17 goals in 33 league appearances this season. He has recently been heavily linked with the Gunners, with Sky Germany pundit Lothar Matthaus convinced the 21-year-old was Arsenal bound.
The Swiss international has been quickly snapped up after his side’s relegation from the Bundesliga however, Leverkusen confirming the long term deal on their official website
The clubs managing director Michael Schade said:
With this commitment, we have set a clear sign of our future direction .
Josip Drmic has proved his class last year in the Bundesliga – he is one of the outstanding goalscorers in the Bundesliga.
With him, we want to increase our offensive qualities again significantly as the team prepare for the renewed assault on the Champions League.
The striker had been with Nurnberg for a single season and had seemed like an interesting option for the Gunners this summer who require at least two more centre forwards.
Another of the hotly tipped attackers to join the Gunners Julian Draxler, who was subject to immense speculation in the winter window, has ruled himself out of a move this transfer window.
The Schalke star has made plenty of headlines over the last twelve months, with Arsenal in hot pursuit for the attacking midfielder/winger. He became the clubs top target in January with reports suggesting Wenger eyed the potential to convert the young German international into a centre forward.
After avoiding selling him in January, Schalke admitted they may lose him this summer with a buyout clause becoming active at the end of the campaign. Since February however they have taken a hardball approach and it appears Draxler has thought of doing the same.
The Gunners were expected to return for the 20-year-old with a release clause around the €45.5 million [£37m] mark making him attainable, but they may have to fork out more if the player has been convinced to remain in Germany.
Draxler told Bild:
I have no absolutely no intention of leaving Schalke this summer.
I have no doubts that there will be plenty of speculation this summer, but it is very likely that I will play for Schalke again next season.
Draxler has dropped off a little this season after a promising campaign last year, he’s managed to net just twice in 26 league matches however his season has been disrupted with injury problems that ruled him out for most of winter.
It is hoped Arsene Wenger will activate his buyout clause especially with the World Cup likely to increase his value should he have a decent impact. Hopefully being around several Arsenal players during his trip to Brazil will convince him his future lay elsewhere than with Schalke.
Although Draxler has taken a similar stance to his club, it’s likely that he will be interested in a move to a big side, and what better team than Arsenal who afford youth the opportunity to prove themselves?
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