Arsenal FC to miss out on Julian Draxler according to Schalke
The Gunners had hoped to sign the midfielder before the January transfer window closed although Schalke insist that the player will remain at the Bundesliga club until the summer.
January 31st, 2014
Arsenal’s number one transfer target this month had clearly been Draxler although the north London club were adamant that the buy-out clause of £37million was too high, with Arsene Wenger valuing the player at roughly £25million instead.
While a failure to land Draxler will come as a blow, it appears as though Arsenal might also be thwarted when it comes to landing the German international this summer, with Schalke set to dig their heels in and keep their star talent for several seasons to come.
The German club have insisted that Draxler isn’t going anywhere before Friday’s transfer deadline, with the sporting director Horst Heldt stating that he expects the 20-year-old to remain at Schalke beyond next summer.
Arsenal were clearly serious about acquiring this prodigious talent, having sent chief transfer negotiator Dick Law to Germany for talks with the Bundesliga club. The need to sign a new player has added importance with Theo Walcott out for the rest of the season, while Aaron Ramsey is set to be sidelined for at least another six weeks following a recurrence of his injury.
“We are happy to have such a world-class player in our lines and I am very convinced that Draxler will be playing for us in the Rückrunde [second half of the season] but, most probably, beyond that,” Heldt said. “We are not interested in letting Julian leave and he has also not approached us about a transfer.
“Of course, there are always other clubs interested in him and should someone make a serious offer for him, then we as a club have to professionally consider that. That does not only apply to Julian Draxler but to every other player.”
On the buyout clause, Heldt added: “That agreement was only in place for last year. From now on, the transfer fee is up for negotiation.”