Schalke to change manager? Transfer impact for Arsenal and Chelsea

Julian Draxler in Germany tracksuit

Arsenal and Chelsea could be affected if FC Schalke change their manager.

Reports from Germany suggest that Bundesliga giants FC Schalke are set to replace current boss Jens Keller with former FC Mainz chief Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel has stepped down as coach of Mainz and is being tipped to takeover at Schalke following a predominantly disappointing season for the German club.

Arsenal and Chelsea could be affected by the move, as they both have deep reported interests in two young Schalke first team stars.

Arsenal have been well linked with making a move for Julian Draxler this summer, after failing to secure a deal for the playmaker last winter.

Draxler would represent a superb investment on the part of the Gunners but a deal is now unlikely to happen before the World Cup, with the player likely to be keen to hear what Tuchel has to say if he’s appointed as the next Schalke boss.

Chelsea are in a similar position as they mull over whether to go after 18-year-old attacking midfielder Max Meyer.

One of the trends that Jose Mourinho has brought to his second spell in charge of Chelsea is investment in younger players, who could form the spine of the side over several seasons.

Chelsea have been a great example of a top flight European club this season, with close to two dozen players out on various loan deals, with some teenagers improving their consistency in leagues all over Europe.

However, before Arsenal and Chelsea fans get too excited at the prospect of snapping up two of Germany’s best young players, the reports in the German press are conflicted.

Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies is publicly standing by Jens Keller, because it’s not been a bad season for Schalke despite them finishing almost 30 points off of Bayern Munich.

“The question over the coach is a pointless question – This is not an issue with us. They’ve played with Jens Keller, the best Bundesliga season in the club’s history,” he’s quoted by

Schalke finished third in the Bundesliga, which means they will have the benefit of Champions League football next season which is something Tuchel or Keller could stress to the two youngsters in question if the Premier League giants go after them.

It’s a case of sit back and wait to see if Tuchel is installed as the new manager or whether Keller will be kept on as Tonnies’ comments suggest.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch