Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt has gone on record saying that Arsenal could have signed Julian Draxler in January, but the gunners were not willing to pay the 44.5€ million that the Gelsenkirchen club were asking for their star player.
While talking to German sports television show SPORT1 and printed in the Daily Mirror the 44-year-old former football himself denied that Bayern Munich had made an offer suggesting that Draxler could have gone to Arsenal but that the north London club refused to meet their asking price.
“It was a lot of money, but it wasn’t enough for us,” the sporting director said regarding Arsenal’s offer.
When asked if Bayern had made an offer he replied: “No, definitely not.”
Arsene Wenger has been criticised by fans for refusing to bring in any reinforcements in January despite having plenty of funds available, and as it appears now should they wish to return to the bargaining table in the summer to try and buy the German star Schalke have set their price and will refuse to budge.