Arsenal’s hopes of signing Julian Draxler has sufered a major blow after Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies revealed that it would take something ‘extraordinary‘ for the Gunners to land the German in the summer.
Arsene Wenger has been linked with Draxler for the past few months and reportedly came close to joining the Gunners in January. Other reports claim that Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich are also interested in the dazzling 20 year old.
Read Draxler’s scout report here.
The German has a contract with Schalke till 2018 but he does have a release clause of around £40m in his contract.
“Julian will stay at our club, if there is not something extraordinary going to happen this summer,” Schalke chariman Tonnies told Sports BILD
“After that next season we will have to see. But I am very much convinced he will play even longer for Schalke than just next season.”
Arsenal are desperate to land striking options in the summer and provide ample support to Olivier Giroud up front. The Gunners led the Premier League standings for a majority of the season before their challenge blew up in smoke over the past month after a string of poor results.
Draxler, regarded as an immensely versatile player, who can play on either wings or a supporting striker fits the bill perfectly for the Gunners. The 20 year old has scored four goals and racked up seven assists in 31 appearances this season.
So what do you think? Will Arsenal table a extraordinary offer in the summer? Or will Draxler stay put at Schalke in the summer?