Arsenal get Draxler boost from opponents ahead of cup-tie

Julian Draxler

Bayern's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled the German side out of the Julian Draxler chase, which can only be good news for the Gunners.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has shot down speculation the club are to launch a bid for Julian Draxler in the summer.

Arsenal's top January transfer target remains at Schalke, and his release clause of £37 million will become active in at the end of the season.

Bundesliga pundit Jan Aage-Fjortoft added a spanner in the works as soon as the transfer window ended, by claiming his sources told him that Bayern Munich had a desire to sign the teenage whizkid.

Yesterday that was denied by Rummenigge, who told Merkur-Online.de, "To be honest, I have to almost laugh even if I see it every other day as a rumour.

"I sometimes do not know how the rumours get started or how people come to it; the need to sleep badly at night and have bad dreams.

Addressing Fjortoft directly, he added: "Julian Draxler to Bayern' I have now read. This is of course wrong. That what Mr. Fjörtoft has made known there, is nonsense. We have also notified Schalke 04 by the way...."

Last week Schalke chairman Toni Clemmens stated: "I can rule that probability out 100 per cent," when asked about the possibility of Draxler joining Bayern."

In response to that, Fjortoft stated to BILD: "These statements are of strategic nature and have no relevance – I think Arsenal had a great interest in Draxler but Bayern have told him to understand; wait until the summer and we’ll see what happens."

Of course it would be naive to take the comments of Rummenigge at face value, but given Bayern's plethora of attacking options and recent criticism they have come under for buying from their rivals, contradicting themselves by signing Draxler is not the obvious move to make, with the player also thought to prefer a move away from the Bundesliga if he switches clubs.

Arsene Wenger may well have his hands full with regard to taking on Bayern this week, but knowing that the coast is a little clearer to sign the German in the summer can only be good news.

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