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Julian Draxler Move to Arsenal Could Be Blocked By Spurs Stopping Lewis Holtby’s Move to Schalke

Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to block a move for Lewis Holtby to move back to Schalke, which could prevent the Bundesliga club from selling Julian Draxler to Arsenal, according to a report today in The Daily Mirror.

Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy doesn’t want to hurt his own team’s chances of Champions League qualification by giving Arsenal an advantage. He already indirectly helped the sale of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal last summer by selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, so Tottenham are now prepared to try to block or delay Holtby’s move back to Germany. Draxler, a highly rated attacking midfielder, would fit in perfectly at Arsenal.

Schalke General manager Horst Heldt said: “We are still hopeful Julian (Draxler) is to stay on at our club. However, there are certain arrangements we cannot change.”

Whether or not the above story is just paper talk or if there’s some weight to the story, we’ll have to wait and see.

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  1. Jim

    January 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    It doesn’t matter what Spurs do because Arsenal will still finish above them and I can see Spurs struggle in the second half of the season and miss out of a top 4 finish.

  2. Bucky

    January 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

    This is funny. Spurs will only hurt themselves. Holtby wants to move because he wants playing time. Which he still isnt getting at Spurs. So, they will end up with a very unhappy player. So, Holtby, Chadli, Lamela and Capoue all want out already. And they will depend on Ade. This is why Spurs will continue to struggle. They are so disorganized. They should have supported AVB. The games Sherwood has won were all winnable games and AVB would have won those too.

    There is zero confirmation that Arsenal will make a move this window for anyone.

    • bobby

      January 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Why don’t people understand that Spurs are not relevant in this at all. DRAXLER HAS A RELEASE CLAUSE. IF ARSENAL ACTIVATE THE CLAUSE AND THE PLAYER DECIDES TO LEAVE, THEN HE JOINS ARSENAL.

      What Spurs do is of no relevance to this transfer whatsoever.

  3. Len F

    January 16, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Isn’t Draxler out until March with injury? If so, wouldn’t it make more sense for Arsenal to look to make a loan move instead in January and go after Draxler (or Costa or whoever) in the summer?

    • Jdoe

      January 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Draxler isn’t out till March.

  4. Arjun Niranjan

    January 16, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I’m sorry Chris but this rumor is rubbish. Draxler has a release clause for around 30-40 million.

    So quite frankly it doesn’t matter what Spurs do. All Arsenal need to do is activate the release clause, get Draxler’s approval and then he is an Arsenal player.

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