Explaining the recent Julian Draxler-Arsenal reports

Julian Draxler in Germany tracksuit

Julian Draxler to move to Arsenal? Don't get ahead of yourselves just yet...

Reports over the past 24 hours have linked Julian Draxler with a switch to Arsenal once again, with Schalke admitting a summer transfer is a possibility.

Well tell us something we don't know!

Draxler's £37 million release clause is common knowledge, and the club's coach Jens Keller knows it.

Here's what he had to say, as reported by SkySports

"I am delighted that we have him on board for the second half of the season but, because of his clause, he can leave when a club puts the money on the table.

"That's why I can't plan with him, because it is just not in my or our hands.

"It's a god-awful situation when, as the coach, you don't know whether such an important player will move on."

It prompted a report in The Metro entitled: "Schalke: We can't stop Draxler joining Arsenal."

Which is sort of semi-accurate based on Heldt's quotes, but he does not actually mention Arsenal at all.

The situation Arsenal face now, is similar to Schalke, it's not in their hands.

All they can do is meet the player's release clause, ideally for them as soon as possible, yet there will be competition for his signature - and it will be Draxler who decides.

With the Champions League on the horizon, and World Cup, there are plenty of chances for the German to shine and show on the big stage what he can do, and attract further suitors - with Manchester United, Real Madrid and even Bayern Munich linked.

Then there's the query of whether Arsenal will pay the money for Draxler's release clause, with Arsene Wenger widely reported to have shied away from a fee near to that size in January because he was unconvinced the figure represented fair value.

Draxler has the next few months to convince Arsenal and potential suitors he's worth the money, or not as it may be.

But this potential transfer is no further down the line than it was a day ago.

Draxler will likely move on, but it will be with Schalke's begrudging blessing, but the fact they can't do anything about it, is a case of as you were. Interesting quotes perhaps, but not necessarily any fresh information.

image: © Michael Kranewitter

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