Assessing Arsenal and Manchester United target's hot and cold transfer comments

German Flag

Schalke and Germany starlet Julian Draxler has been giving Premier League clubs mixed massages over the international break.

The €45 million rated 20-year-old is a reported target for both Manchester United and Arsenal in the run up to the January transfer window his performance against England this week was praised by the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Gunners record signing Mesut Ozil.

He has the world at his feet, literally, it seems and a move could very well be on the cards for him in the New Year.

However, the youngster seems to be giving two of the biggest clubs in England the run-around (three to be precise) after revealing earlier this week that would relish an opportunity to move to the Premier League and getting the juices flowing of fans across the nation.

"I like English football. I like the Premier League of course - it's one of the best leagues in the world," he stated but he didn’t stop there.

"You have big clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea - of course it's a big dream to play for one of them."

Ensue all major sports publications and national as well as international news outlets and broadcasters yelling from the rooftops that Julian Draxler wants to play for Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea.

However, almost as soon as those words had made their way around the globe, the youngster retreated and, although not quite retracting his initial statement, seemed to be employing some damage control over the situation.

"I have said every summer I have to look what is the best for me and I will do in the summer again and we will see what happens,” he explained.

"But no way. I won't switch then (in January)."

Well that’s that then, I guess. It’s all cleared up and done and dusted…oh wait. Hang on a minute – he then went to go into further detail about how much he would really really like to play for Arsenal.

"I have always said English teams are very big clubs and Arsenal is of course one of them. Of course I sometimes speak to Mesut or Per about the team, about the club, and they always have good words and they tell me nice things,” he continued.

"You never know what happens in the summer, but Arsenal is a very, very nice team. They always have very young players, they play attractive football and that is what I like.”

Well, hold the phones – it sounds like a move could be back in the works again. Unless, of course he remembers that he still plays for Schalke.

"But I better not speak too much about it because tomorrow I can read in the (English) newspapers that I like to play for Arsenal - I think the people at Schalke would not like to hear that."

Yes, I think perhaps the people at Schalke may well have some pieces of their own minds to give to Julian Draxler when he gets back to Germany.

image: © tjuel

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch