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Chelsea likely to push ahead with bid for German star

Jose Mourinho reportedly identifies young German Draxler, of Schalke, as his number one January target.

Chelsea are believed to have set their sights on landing highly-rated attacking midfielder Julian Draxler in January, despite continued denials from the player’s current club Schalke 04. Jose Mourinho has allegedly singled the 20-year-old out as his prime transfer target, as the Blues look to bolster their squad for the business end of the Premier League season.

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According to the Daily Star, the Stamford Bridge club are also willing to spend big to land the player, with the news provider claiming the Londoners will be willing to shell out £25m to secure his services.

But if Chelsea and Mourinho are serious about landing the Bundesliga and Germany's latest in-demand and in-form star then they may have to spend big, with the midfielder currently valued at around £38m by his employers (and £26.5m by Transfermarkt).

Despite the ongoing interest surrounding Draxler though, Schalke are continuing to deny suggestions that their prized asset could be set to leave this January. Speaking to Kicker-Sportmagazin this week, the club’s general manager Horst Heldt dismissed the idea that an imminent sale could be on the cards.

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'Julian Draxler will be at our club this season, that is for sure,' he told the publication. 'There will be no fuss regarding him during the January window as he is committed to our club.'

The academy graduate has enjoyed a great start to the season, with three goals in four Champions League appearances with the Gelsenkirchen side. Draxler has also excelled on the international scene, having accumulated seven caps for Die Mannschaft, and one goal to boot.

And with Schalke continuing to experience problems in the Bundesliga, they could well be open to the idea of cashing in come January.

With little likely to develop in the coming weeks, Jose Mourinho and Chelsea may have to play the waiting game.

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