German newspaper and website Die Welt has suggested that there is a question mark hanging over whether Joachim Loew will take Arsenal target Julian Draxler to the World Cup this summer.
The 20-year-old German midfielder has been a main stay in the Schalke side this season but if he doesn’t get selected for Loew’s initial World Cup squad tomorrow, then it could play right into Arsenal’s hands.
“There are question marks behind a number of top profile players such as Mario Gomez, goalkeeper Rene Adler and even the top forward talent Julian Draxler," suggest Die Welt.
His figures this season have been unflattering as his form has dipped over the second half of the campaign; four goals and eight assists in Bundesliga and Champions League football this season.
The assists figure is respectable but he would have definitely liked a higher goal ratio.
If Draxler is overlooked tomorrow then Arsenal should be straight on the phone with his agent, trying to talk through the framework of a deal which fell through at the end of last winter’s transfer window.
It will be extremely difficult for the Gunners to get a deal done quickly if Draxler makes the final World Cup squad, because he’s unlikely to want to take such a big decision to join Arsenal, which could take his attention away from the tournament in Brazil.
No World Cup inclusion means no time restraints for Arsenal.
Considering the magnitude of the deal that would see Draxler move to the Emirates, they could use the extra time before the transfer window officially opens to get through the various modern day complications when it comes to transfers.
A good example is Liverpool’s deal for Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, which fell through last January because of the sheer number of terms and conditions involved in the process.
Arsenal can engineer a position for themselves, which would make a deal for Draxler swift once the World Cup is over and the transfer window ticks over, which would remove any element of having to do business quickly and under stress for Arsene Wenger.
Even if Draxler goes to the World Cup the Gunners still have a great chance of signing him but if he doesn’t, Arsenal officials can contact his representatives and get the ball rolling sooner rather than later.