€5m release clause adds to mystery regarding 16-goal 'Arsenal bound' striker

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Is Josip Drmic heading to Arsenal? It gets muddier...

Bundesliga striker Josip Drmic's club manager has spoken out on rumours linking him to Arsenal.

The Swiss international forward had been claimed to close to sealing a transfer to The Emirates, with Sky Germany pundit and former German captain Lothar Matthaus sparking the rumours.

He had claimed Drmic's wife was househunting in North London, amusingly refuted a day later by Drmic - claiming he was in fact single.

Matthaus though repeated his claims to a Swiss paper tagesanzeizer, adding: "I have been right on Lewandowski and Ramos. Again, I will be proved right in the end."

The same Swiss paper quotes Drmic's agent Volker Struth, describing the claims as 'far-fetched'.

Yet it goes onto add that the 16 goal striker has a release clause of €5 million in his contract, which can be activated if Nuremburg are relegated.

Nuremburg currently sit in 15th on 26 points. Bottom side Braunschweig have 22, while 17th placed Hamburg had 24 points. The team in 17th at the end of the season must contest a promotion/relegation play-off to decide their fate.

One man close to the scenario is Nuremburg manager Martin Bader, who has refuted Matthaus' claims.

He told German newpaper BILD: "Unlike some outsiders I do not see his departure as a done deal."

However, the following exchange certainly muddies the waters further:

BILD: Do you hope that he does not play well at the World Cup?

Bader: "On the contrary. I hope he plays a great World Cup. This would be great for him and for us. "

BILD: Because then there's a very big club and paid more?

Bader: "I assume that the future of Josip is cleared before the World Cup."

The Nuremburg boss clearly wants Drmic to re-commit to the club, and make his decision early - but if his side do not pick their form up soon and end up getting relegated instead, the decision may get taken out of their hands.

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