Contrary to a considerable amount of column-inches, Julian Draxler did not ultimately sign for Arsenal in January.
But while many assumed that was the issue put to bed until the summer, Schalke’s director of sport Horst Heldt sprang something of a surprise when he revealed that his club had received what he called a “decent” bid from a club that he intimated was not Arsenal.
In quotes published by Sky Sports, Heldt said, “It had the dimension of a transfer that you don’t do any day of the week.
“It was certainly a decent offer, but it wasn’t sufficient for us. We told Julian our opinion and that was that."
So who was the club in question?
Well it does not appear to have been the Gunners with Heldt revealing “it came from a club to the north of us.”
Sky Sports suggests that could mean Wolfsburg made a bid to replace the departed Diego…or that a club in Russia tried their hand – possibly Zenit St Petersburg given the fee required to sign the young German international.
And that is where the interesting element comes in, because while most transfer windows have now slammed shut, not so the Russian one, which will remain open until 24 February.
That gives Russian sides 22 more days to complete any potential incomings, so could Schalke yet receive another bid – this time a little better than “decent” – for Draxler?
Of course this is merely speculation, but if Heldt was referring to a club a little further north than his Bundesliga rivals, he may have to field more enquiries for a player who is already reportedly attracting the interest of some of Europe’s finest.
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