The Sunday Star is reporting that Arsenal is ready to step up their efforts to sign Schalke attacking midfielder Julian Draxler despite learning that he has a £40 million buyout-clause.

The man who broke the news of Mesut Ozil’s move to the Emirates via his twitter account Norwegian former footballer and now German television commentator Jan Aage Fjortoft claims that the 20-year-old Draxler was impressed with Arsenal after a recent visit to their training facilities.

What could spur the Gunners into a January swoop is the news that AS Roma is refusing to enter into talks over 22-year-old striker Mattia Destro despite the young striker being third choice in the Italians team.