Tottenham have been linked with a shock £17m move to sign Julian Draxler – but this one ends up in our transfer bin.
Spurs will be hoping to break back into the top four this season after a turbulent campaign under Andre Villas-Boas and then Tim Sherwood, but now it's Mauricio Pochettino in the hot seat after his move from Southampton. The Argentine will have money to spend this summer, but it's unlikely that the club splash out almost £100m on new signings again after the disastrous results from a year ago.
Yet whilst the club pursue a deal to sign Swansea left back Ben Davies, they must also be looking to bring in another winger. Gareth Bale has still yet to be replaced, whilst Erik Lamela could yet return to Italy, if speculation is to be believed. Pochettino chose not to enter the bidding for his former Saints playmaker Adam Lallana, suggesting that he may have other targets.
One of those reported on his wish list is long-term Arsenal target Draxler, who is currently a the World Cup with Germany. The Schalke midfielder, 20, enjoyed a decent season in Gelsenkirchen, scoring five goals and racking up seven assists as he continued his development at the Veltins Arena.
Draxler was the name on everybody's lips in January, as Arsenal seemed to be on the verge of a stunning £40m move to sign him, only for manager Arsene Wenger to pull out of the deal at the last minute, leaving him to remain in the Bundesliga – yet now, rumours of a move to England are resurfacing yet again.
Tottenham were today linked with a £17m move to sign him, but it doesn't take long to realise that the rumour doesn't make much sense, hence it's position in our transfer bin.
Schalke are under no pressure to sell the youngster, so it's not like they need to sell up to raise funds. The price has somehow more than halved since January, and there is no reason for that at all. Draxler's play didn't take a dramatic turn for the worse, he didn't suffer an injury, and he hasn't asked to leave the club either.
Draxler would be a sensational signing for Spurs given the club he's been linked with before and how he's played in Germany but unless they at least double that £17m offer, they have no chance at all of landing him this summer.