Schalke turn down interest in Draxler from Arsenal
The success of German players at Arsenal has tempted manager Arsene Wenger to scout the Bundesliga this January and reports flying in from London suggest the French boss has grown to like Schalke star Julian Draxler.
Draxler has caused some buzz in the market as of late. The young talent started attracting interest around two years ago, but fame has really caught on this January. Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has shrugged off reports suggesting Draxler will be making a move during this transfer window to Arsenal, but he hasn’t confirmed whether the 20-year-old is interested in moving away from the German club.
The Germany international has a release clause worth a whopping 45.5 million Euros. This means the chances of Draxler moving away look quite thin. Wenger only stopped short of admitting he is interested in signing Draxler by saying that he is “curious” about him.
It is no secret that Wenger would like to have Draxler playing under a Gunners jersey, but the Emirates boss won’t be willing to pay an audacious sum for the midfielder’s services.
Heldt told Der Westen that Draxler was happy at Schalke and he hadn’t forwarded a transfer request. Moreover, Arsenal hadn’t officially approached Schalke with interest in Draxler, so the chances of his transfer weren’t very bright.
“I have not been told that Julian would like to leave us, either in the winter or the summer,”Heldt said. “There have not been any requests from any club regarding Julian. It boils down to wild speculation, which has been happening in England. The club could have also contacted us if they were interested.”
Last Friday Schalke’s spokesman Thomas Spiegel told reporters that speculation on Draxler moving away was nothing but hot air. Spiegel insisted that there was no substantial evidence to prove that Draxler wanted to move away or that he had been put up for sale in the market by Schalke.
“In recent weeks, all the stories regarding FC Schalke 04 in the English media have had very little substance,” Spiegel told ESPN FC.
Draxler, who is currently on the sidelines recovering from a tendon injury, is eager to return to the pitch for Schalke. Spiegel brought good news for Schalke suggesting that Draxler will be on the pitch as soon as this week.
“Julian will start running on Monday and, should the healing process be fine, a return to team training at the end of the month is possible,” Spiegel said.