Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains ‘coy’ over the potential transfer of the 20-year-old attacker as reports of the Schalke midfielder in England emerge.
It had been expected that Wenger would dip into the North London club’s ‘war chest’ in order to bring in a striker to relieve the goal-scoring burden on Olivier Giroud. Long-term injury to Theo Walcott who will be out for at least six months could have swayed the French coach to bring in another attacking midfielder capable of being deployed on the flank.
Draxler is one of the hottest prospects in the Bundesliga – his technical quality at such a young age makes him exactly the kind of purchase Arsene Wenger adores. There has as yet been no official confirmation of a deal for the youngster and the manager denied any deal is ‘close’ in his press conference this morning.
The Gunners manager played down speculation Draxler had been spotted at the club’s training ground, comparing such a sighting to people who report UFO sightings:
"It's like the unidentified flying object," he responded to reported 'sightings'. "Some see them, some don't."
However, jokes aside, the manager may well have something more up his sleeve. The boss has maintained he and his team are looking at the transfer market and, as always, if they can find a player of the right quality who is available, they could be involved and there is certainly no doubt about Draxler's UFO credentials - he is undoubtedly out of this world.
It seems fairly cut and dry – Arsenal will likely need to stump up £37 million to meet the youngster’s release clause at Schalke but, I suspect if (and it still remains an ‘if’) he is already in England looking around the training complex, one would assume Arsenal had already agreed some kind of terms with the Bundesliga outfit.
Just like a UFO, it remains a mystery – we likely won’t know whether or not Julian Draxler will sign for Arsenal until and unless he does sign for Arsenal but Gunners fans can take some comfort in the fact the boss has not denied interest in the player in the same manner he has done with, for example, Dimitar Berbatov, on a repeated basis.