Arsenal’s efforts in German youngster Julian Draxler is set to become more concrete as club officials have now been delegated to keep tabs on the player’s development.
Draxler, 21, has been a long-term Arsenal target, with the Arsenal Manager recognising in him the potential to be converted into a top-class center forward, and after an unsuccessful move in the last two summers as well as one winter window, there’s the feeling that a formal proceedings may now be initiated for the transfer of the player to North London.
According to Metro, Club officials were present to assess the young playmaker firsthand during Schalke’s 1 – 1 draw with Maribor last week.
Though he made just one appearance in the Germans’ successful World Cup campaign, Draxler is amongst the next generation of stars from Germany who have been tipped to rule the football world in the coming years. A product of the Schalke youth system, Draxler has played all of his professional career to this stage Gelsenkirchen, with 16 goals in 105 League games since 2011. His frame and build, together with his pace and technical ability has endeared him to Wenger, and those qualities have seen Draxler earmarked as the one whom the manager intends to mould into the powerful striker of Henry’s calibre.
Draxler has admitted that there’s been interest in him from Arsenal, but the £37 million release clause in his contract may pose a stumbling block to the transfer. There’s a chance, however, that a compromise could be reached if there’s a willingness on the player’s part to move.
With the possible exit of a fellow German from the team in January, the doors could be open for Draxler’s welcome. Podolski has expressed his discontent at not having the opportunity to play on a more regular basis, having made just the one start this season, with 5 lackluster sub appearances. Poldi feels he needs to play more regularly which may see him seek solutions elsewhere if the situation shows no signs of improvement at the Emirates. Rumours during the August window had linked Podolski with an exit from London, with the likes of Juventus being mentioned as a potential destination.
Wenger has tried to dispel such rumours of an exit, stressing his importance to the team. However, as Podolski doesn’t seem to be showing any improvements, a January sale may do both parties much good – freeing up some space on the wage books for the incoming youngster.
Arsenal are also on the edge of securing the services of Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira in January and should Arsenal get Draxler as well it would become two German January signings adding to the growing German contingent at the Emirates.
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