Arsenal have appeared to be the frontrunners for the signature of Schalke attacker Julian Draxler. This is according to Metro who claims the Gunners are making a £21.1m offer to Schalke for the German ace after hijacking Juventus’ offer for Draxler.
Draxler, 21, has been on Arsenal’s radar for years and the Gunners are reportedly keen to sign him this time around, despite stiff competition by Juventus.
Few weeks back, Reports revealed the Turin-based side have agreed a fee to sign the 21-year old, but the move has fell through, as both clubs failed to find an agreement regarding a transfer fee.
Metro gave an overarching details of the deal and said Arsenal will pay Schalke an initial £17.6m with a further £3.5m to follow in bonuses. What the Gunners are offering is higher than that of Juventus, hence the Premier League club have blown the Serie A club out of the waters in the race to sign Draxler – who won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Joachim Low’s Germany.
Meanwhile, Schalke are under no pressure to sell, as they believe they could even get up to £30m for Draxler, given the inflation in the prices of players in the transfer market.
The 21-year old attacking midfielder is capable of playing as a lone striker, on either wings or in the hole behind the striker. Great addition for Arsene Wenger’s team if they manage to pull off the deal.
He was limited to just 15 league appearances for Schalke last term due to injury. When fit, Draxler has always shown his ability and as per Squawka, he was the Bundesliga side top creator in the 2013/14 season, creating 59 chances.
Arsenal lost their opening Premier League match of the season to West Ham United at the Emirates and manager Arsene Wenger has been put under enormous pressure to bolster his team. Although, the former Monaco gaffer has said he would not panic buy, Draxler’s signing will send a rush of adrenaline down Arsenal fans’ spine and also clear all the doubts of doubters.