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Arsenal Agree Fee With Schalke to Sign Julian Draxler, Says Report

Arsenal have agreed a fee with Schalke for German attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, according to several reliable reports in Europe tonight.

Draxler will still have to agree personal terms, and there’s no indication yet that even if a deal is agreed whether the player will join in this transfer window or the summer, but the report is encouraging news for Arsenal supporters.

Twenty year-old German starlet Julian Draxler is one of the most sought after youngsters in Europe. The player who first joined Schalke at the age of eight has impressed with his performances playing largely in wide areas for the club.

Draxler was just named to the list of the ten most promising young players in Europe by The Guardian and potentially gives the Gunners a completely new element with his direct style. The pacy midfielder can be deployed on the left wing or right behind the striker. With Theo Walcott out for the season, Arsenal’s ability to counter-attack was potentially being limited.

The direct style of Draxler compliments the more fluid passing game that Arsenal generally play. He can help Arsenal with its rotation and late game scoring needs even if he does not start right away. Draxler is cup-tied in Europe and is currently not playing due to an ankle tendon injury. He should be able to resume full training by mid-February.

Yesterday Schalke Manager Jen Keller told Bild that the time was not right for Draxler to move abroad:

“Julian is only 20 years old and has all the time in the world to go abroad .In order to succeed in another league, you need a strong personality. Plus it’s not like he’s earning peanuts here at Schalke.”

If Draxler does join Arsenal, it could open the door for Lewis Holtby who has been on the fringes of the Tottenham squad since the sacking of Andre Vilas-Boas to return to Schalke.

UPDATE: In his post-match press conference on BT Sport, Arsene Wenger didn’t deny that Arsenal were trying to sign Julian Draxler. However, Arsenal FC have posted a tweet on their official social media account quoting Wenger as saying “There is nothing happening. That [the Draxler rumor] is an illusion.” Why he didn’t say something like that, i.e. more definitive, in his post-match conference, I don’t know. Having said that, Arsene Wenger has been known to deny stories of transfers being done, only for them to come true later.

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  1. Ankit

    January 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Draxler will not play tomorrow for Schalke as he is injured, so NO he is not going to be in Schalke’s lineup anyway and that would not be an indication for anything.

    • Brian

      January 26, 2014 at 9:29 am

      I thought he was back in training so assumed he might be available. If he’s still out then Schalke’s lineup won’t help in finding out if there’s any truth to an Arsenal move.

  2. Brian

    January 25, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    If Draxler plays tomorrow for Schalke then that would mean he isn’t being sold. If he doesn’t play then it could mean he’s moving. I’m sure Arsenal fans will be looking at Schalke’s lineup tomorrow.

  3. Jim

    January 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Wenger has denied that they bid for Draxler or that he will join Arsenal in this transfer window.

  4. seth ochieng

    January 25, 2014 at 7:32 am

    arsena has started chill and watch

  5. scott

    January 24, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Good for Arsenal fans. I believe the story, I think the loud mouth thug at Chelsea forced Wenger’s hand.

  6. Dean Stell

    January 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    This is so unfair. Arsenal has played some teams twice and other teams only once, so those teams are getting the advantage of playing Arsenal when the didn’t have Draxler.

    Oh….wait a minute…. 🙂

    • Canadian Bacon

      January 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Foolish comment by a Manc. U homer.

  7. hoosiergunner

    January 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    There seem to be a lot of “if’s” here, but I’d love to see it play out…

  8. Jim

    January 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Great buy for Arsenal if true. Didi Hamann, former Liverpool player, has been urging Liverpool to sign him for quite a while. He rates him very highly and believes he’s the next German superstar.

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