Schalke starlet Julian Draxler is one of the most talked about Arsenal transfer rumours and continues to make the headlines with his latest comments suggesting he is still uncertain where his future lies, refusing to rule out a move to Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich.
His current employees will certainly not be keen to sell him to a direct rival but he cited ex Schalke stopper Manuel Neuer who had always maintained he would not join the Bavarians, however he’s now their number one.
The 20-year-old fended off interest for his signature last year by signing a fresh deal with Schalke that included a buyout clause that is active during the summer transfer window. The Gunners were reportedly after the playmaker in the winter and are favorites for his signature at the end of this season.
But there’s a big, dark, staunch horse in the shape of Bayern Munich that will gobble up any star player they whiff, and they are naturally intrigued by the possibility of acquiring one of Germany’s top rated young talents.
While Schalke maintain their confidence of selling their star abroad, Draxler’s latest comments will do little to ease their worries.
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Draxler responded to rumours of a move to Bayern:
I’d prefer not to comment on all those rumours.
Look at what happened with Manuel Neuer. He was 100 per cent convinced that he would never join FC Bayern but, after having played as a pro for five years, time made him change his opinion.
I also can’t say what I will think in five or six or maybe even 10 years.
And when you rule something out entirely and you end up playing where most people don’t want you to be, the outcry is huge.
While the attacker is undecided on his future, he feels adding a release clause to his new deal over the summer was a smart idea and will suit both his situation and his clubs.
He also said:
I extended my contract because I feel fine here and the long-term deal shows the appreciation and popularity I enjoy at Schalke.
It’s no secret that I have a get-out clause in the contract and so from year to year, the possibility exists, at least to think about what is best for my development.
Of course, the clause leaves a lot of room for speculation, but it is also good for both sides.
It’s good for Schalke because the club does not have to let go of me on the cheap and, in their worst-case scenario, they would still get a lot of money for me.
And for me it’s good because I can make my own decision if a club decides to pay 45 million euros for me and I want a new challenge.
Arsenal need to move quickly to secure the German this summer, they are a far more enticing offer for the youngster as Bayern are extremely stacked in midfield and attack.
If Wenger does indeed see Draxler as a striker then again that could place Arsenal in the driving seat for his signature. But let’s hope the Gunners don’t dilly-dally again otherwise we’ll end up with another Mata or Hazard situation where we live to regret not stumping up the cash.
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