First Suarez, could Arsenal lose Draxler by his £37m release clause getting ignored?

Julian Draxler in Germany tracksuit

In light of revelations regarding Arsenal's bid for Luis Suarez last summer, could it mean anything for another target of the Gunners?

The words of Liverpool owner John W Henry regarding Luis Suarez could have quite an impact on world football should fellow club bosses follow his lead.

"What we've found over the years is that contracts don't seem to mean a lot in England - actually not in England, in world football.

"Since apparently these contracts don't seem to hold, we took the position we're just not selling and it's been great for Luis, it's been great for us."

The calculated gamble that neither Suarez, nor Arsenal in any way would try to take legal action paid off, and the Uruguayan was even talked around into signing a new deal.

While the very specific wording of Suarez' contract may differ to that of other clubs and players around the globe - and thus affected their course of action in this particular case, the general attitude shown by the Liverpool owner regarding player contracts could be a stance fellow club bosses seek to emulate.

Certainly imagine the effect on Bayern Munich last summer, had Barcelona played hardball over Thiago Alcantara, or Dortmund point blank refused to grant them permission to talk to Mario Gotze.

One high profile release clause which Arsenal are expected to try to successfully negotiate this summer is that of Julian Draxler, a player they made a bid for in January.

This summer his £37 million release clause will become active, and it should be a straight fight between the Gunners and any interested parties to convince the player to sign - rather than any real negotiation with FC Schalke.

Yet the stance and public comments made by the Liverpool owner is not one which will be quickly disregarded by club bosses, especially as he directed it regarding worldwide contracts rather than being just a Premier League situation.

There's a chance, albeit a small one, that Schalke could attempt to copy the Reds and ignore the release clause despite the player earlier confirming it's existence. It would all then depend on how determined Draxler is to force through a transfer by pursuing his legal options.

If it is not Schalke this summer, and there is no specific reason why it would be them - then at least it would not be a surprise to see at least one club somewhere decide to 'do a Liverpool', in a desperate attempt to keep their star player.

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