Sunday 20 April 2014

Arsenal make £24.7m bid for Schalke star Julian Draxler - reports

Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League group E football match FC Schalke 04 vs FC Basel 1893 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on December 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Arsenal target Julian Draxler

Arsenal have made a last minute bid for Schalke star Julian Draxler, according to reports.

The 20-year-old has a release clause of £37m at the club, but it does not become active until the summer, and it appears Arsene Wenger is keen to force a deal through before then.

It is understood that Arsenal's proposed offer includes various add-ons, which they hope will persuade Schalke to part with the player before the end of the transfer window.

The clubs have been in talks over the summer with Arsenal believed to want to convert Draxler into a central striker in the Thierry Henry mould.

Chelsea's signing of Mohamed Salah has meant their interest in the German has waned and so Arsenal are now reportedly hopeful of getting their man for a more reasonable price.

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