Thursday 23 October 2014

Arsenal put on alert over Julian Draxler of Schalke

JEREMY WILSON

Published 15/01/2014 | 09:12

FC Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler plays the ball during a training session at the National Arena Stadium in Bucharest on November 25, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match against Steaua Bucharest. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER        (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Arsenal target Julian Draxler

Arsene Wenger given encouragement that a deal for Julian Draxler could be feasible this month after Schalke admit that they might be powerless to keep Germany forward.

Arsenal have been given encouragement that a deal for Julian Draxler could be feasible this month after Schalke admitted that they might be powerless to keep the Germany forward.

Draxler, 20, is a long-term transfer target of Arsenal and has already openly expressed his interest in a move to the Emirates this summer.

He has a buy-out clause of £37.8million and, although that will not be active until the end of the season, there is a growing sense that Schalke would be open to offers this month, especially if they succeed with a loan deal for Tottenham’s Lewis Holtby.

“We continue to hope that Julian remains,” said Schalke general manager Horst Heldt. “But there are factors that we cannot influence.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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