With just two days reaming in the January transfer window Arsenal is pulling out all the stops to sign Schalke star Julian Draxler, and are confident that they can get a deal done by Friday night’s deadline according to reports in this morning’s Daily Mail.
Arsenal has sent representatives of the north London club to Germany in an attempt to push through a deal, and are confident that they can have it sealed by Thursday evening.
The main sticking point is Schlake’s refusal to budge on their £37 million valuation of the 20-year-old, and with Arsenal not willing to go above £30 million one side or the other will have to compromise if a deal is to be done.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to have Draxler’s midfield attacking option at the Emirates as the Gunners compete on three fronts and will be doing all he can to see that Arsenal do whatever it takes to sign the German wunderkinder as to not bring in any reinforcements this January now seems as if it is not an option.
Earlier in the month the chairman of Schalke Clemens Toonies suggested that Draxler would be better off remaining in the Bundesliga in order to further his career telling German newspaper Bild:”I am of the opinion he should also be with us next season.”
“It would be my personal advice. He can play his best football without any big pressure and at our club he would have a clear mind.
“He is very much in good hands playing for Schalke 04. My general advice for everyone would be to stop making Julian mad.”
Tonnies also dismissed the idea that the club would be forced to sell Draxler in the summer should they fail to qualify for the Champions league saying: “We would not be forced to sell Julian if we fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League of next season.”
“Our financial plans are not based on taking part in that competition. We could still sleep easy.”
As for the player a move to the Emirates would see him nearly double his current £45,000 per week to £80,000 per-week, and in what is even better news for the Gunners the youngster who was expected to be out injured all next month has been given the all clear to play in a weeks’ time after seeing German specialist Hans Muller Wohlfahrt.