'Impressed' €45m star still wants Arsenal - Update on potential transfer

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Julian Draxler is still most likely to sign for Arsenal, reports pundit Jan-Aage Fjortoft.

Jan Aage-Fjortoft is not just a nostalgic name of Premier League yesteryear, the Norwegian has carved himself out a reputation as one of Europe's prominent pundits.

The former Swindon Town and Middlesbrough striker was one of the first journalists to break the news about Mesut Ozil signing for Arsenal as the transfer developed, and caused a similar stir back in November.

Back then he posted via his Twitter account that Arsenal were 'big favourites' to sign German wonderkid Julian Draxler from Schalke.

Draxler has a €45 million release clause in his contract and has not shied away from the fact he expects to transfer away from the club, simply stating that no move will happen in the January transfer window, a summer switch likely instead.

The reason we are back to this subject is because Fjortoft took to Twitter last night to offer a fresh update to the Draxler-Arsenal talk as he understands, and it's positive for the Gunners.

 

 

The pundit had previously confirmed that Wenger had even made contact with the German, rated as one of the brightest talents in his homeland and set to go to the World Cup with Ozil and co.

Spending time in Brazil with Podolski, Mertesacker and Ozil will likely do little to dissuade him his apparent wish to join the Gunners.

What this transfer depends on is Draxler kicking on between now and the end of the season. €45 million is a lot of money and Arsenal don't spend that amount lightly, so he cannot afford to fade away.

The 20-year-old has four goals and five assists in 19 starts so far this season, while his average of 5.1 completed dribbles per game is the second highest in Europe behind Franck Ribery.

There is some debate as to where he will fit in at Arsenal, with Ozil playing in his preferred position in attacking midfield. What his signing can do however is help turn the Gunners into a side capable of emulating the strongest squads in the Premier League and in Europe, with terrific depth at every position.

This is no done deal by any means, but it really does sound as though Arsenal have the capability to attract the best in Europe, and that has endless possibilities. 

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