German press have stated that Julian Draxler must forget about playing central if he wants to go to the World Cup next summer.
In the days approaching the end of the transfer window plenty of names were linked with plenty of differing clubs. Arsenal were one team who probably had more players linked with them than anybody else in the Premier League.
In the end they snapped up German international Mesut Ozil for a club record fee of £42.5 million. But it was an apparent move for another German international that had some tongues wagging earlier in that week.
The Gunners reportedly joined the race for Schalke 04 playmaker Julian Draxler, with one German based journalist even suggesting that a bid of €30 million, plus Lukas Podolski, in exchange for the player had been lodged before the international break.
Not that this would have mattered, as it falls well short of the whopping valuation placed on the 19-year-old’s services - a fee in the region of £60 million.
Of course that is a ridiculous valuation, and with Draxler admitting that he could be tempted by a move to Arsenal on September the 1st - a day before the deadline closed - the hope is of a January move for the player.
In reality, Draxler will cost more in the £35 million region - whether Schalke fans believe it or not this is the reality. The other reality is that Arsenal could afford it.
Whether they need him is now another question, with Ozil’s arrival they already have an array of playmaking talent - but Arsenal are not the only ones asking whether they actually need Draxler.
He may be valued astronomically by his club, but he has been told in the German press this week that he needs to forget about playing in his favourite central position if he wants to go to the World Cup in 2014.
The German national team is blessed with players in Draxler’s mould - Ozil being one of them with Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Thomas Muller all also competitors for the role behind the striker.
Draxler has widely been used from the left by Jogi Low in the past, and that is now where he finds himself playing for Schalke - after the arrival of Kevin Prince Boateng this summer.
"It is at the 10 opponents have a special focus on me. Now, with Kevin-Prince still someone there to have the respect of the defence. But I certainly do not stick to the left, but I also talked to him and the coach that we can switch definitely. "
Draxler’s best and favoured position is as a number 10, but the general consensus now seems to suggest he must get used to playing on the left wing this season - especially if he wants to play in Brazil next summer.
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