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“We Have Received An Offer For Our Player From Arsenal”
Schalke’s sporting director, Horst Heldt, has confirmed Arsenal made a bid for Julian Draxler but is fell short of their valuation.
As we all know by now, Draxler was the big transfer story during the January window with widespread reports claiming we were deep in negotiations to try and sign the 20-year-old and at one point it seemed like a deal could be done.
However, we failed to agree a fee and ended up signing 31-year-old Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow while Draxler remained at Schalke.
Arsene Wenger has previously insisted that his supposed interest in the German international was nothing more than an ‘illusion’ created by the newspapers, but Schalke appear to have a very different take on things.
Sporting director Horst Heldt has confirmed that Arsenal have made a formal offer for Draxler but it didn’t meet their valuation.
“We have received an offer for our player from Arsenal, but it was not enough,” [source: Spanish newspaper AS]
The way this quote is worded it sounds like we’ve made this bid recently, as opposed to the past tense in January, but I think it might just be the way it’s been translated and Heldt does mean we made the offer last month. It would be very odd for us to be making bids in February.
Either way, it once again confirms our interest in Draxler. His buy-out clause is set at £37m and apparently they were willing to sell at that price in January despite the release clause only being valid in the summer, but Wenger refused to pay that amount.
Whether he’s going to be prepared to do so at the end of the season remains to be seen but unfortunately I think we’re going to face some serious competition this time around, so I just hope we haven’t missed our chance to sign him.