Arsene Wenger confirmed this morning that FC Schalke star Julian Draxler will remain with the Bunedsliga club, ruling out the deadline day move that many Arsenal fans would have been hoping for.
Arsenal have been locked in talks with the German side this week over a £36-37 million deal, which is now not going to happen through Wenger’s own admission.
So what next for the Gunners?
They are likely to go back to Schalke in the summer to do a deal after the World Cup, which will provide them with a little more time to get the process finished and signed off.
The problem they face, which could make getting Draxler more difficult this summer is the World Cup.
Draxler enjoys regular football for Schalke as a starter and he will also feature against Real Madrid in the Champions League, providing he doesn’t pick up a nasty injury which would rule him out.
His stats so far in the Bundesliga and the Champions League have been impressive; four goals and six assists and there is every chance those numbers could improve even further over the second half of the season.
If that happens, he will be in the Germany squad which travels to Brazil and Joachim Low’s doubts over starting him in a high pressure international environment will decrease.
In short, if Draxler stars for Germany at the World Cup, it won’t affect his fee (because of his buy out clause) but it could dramatically increase the competition from clubs to sign him.
Arsenal’s interest has demonstrated that if conditions are right, Schalke will be willing to do a big money deal, which brings several top European sides into the equation.
Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, the list goes on and on in terms of who could afford him.
Sides generally assess their squads at the end of the season and there will be some top clubs hunting for strikers alongside Arsenal, which could make it more difficult for the Gunners to get their man.
Arsenal had a window of opportunity this month because they seemed like one of the only sides interested in paying close to £40 million for a star who has only just entered his 20s.
Draxler’s promise, potential, form and consistency can all improve over the second half of the season, making him much more appealing to a variety of sides, who won’t think twice about walking all over Arsenal to get him in August.
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