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Schalke rejected a bid for Draxler…but not from Arsenal?

Feb 2, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT

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Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt has cast doubt on any hopes Arsene Wenger may have retained about snatching German starlet Julian Draxler in the summer.

The Arsenal boss was heavily linked with the 20-year-old but nothing materialized in the January window.

Heldt confirmed Schalke rejected a bid for Draxler, but heavily suggested it did not come from the Londoners.

Calling the bid “certainly a decent offer,” Heldt said it still “wasn’t sufficient enough for us.” Then, without revealing the club that originated the bid, Heldt told Sky Sports that it “came from a club to the north of us.”

That would seem to rule out London, and rumors are flying that it could have been either Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg, or a Russian club, whose transfer window remains open until February 24.

Jan Aage Fjortoft, former Premier League striker and current pundit in Germany and Norway, said that he believes the Bavarians could be the club in question and that they are now the leaders for Draxler’s signature come the summer.

It would be a big blow to Wenger’s transfer dealings, with the French manager long coveting the young German superstar.

Draxler’s contract reportedly has a £37 million ($60.8 million) release clause, and obviously the bid was below that or else Schalke would be powerless to stop the winger form leaving.

  1. reasonableperson1 - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    If Munich takes him then the Bundesliga is truly finished. One team leagues aren’t fun to watch. I would rather Draxler go out of the country than go to Munich. Where is the competitive nature of these players? What happened to beating the top dog?

    • bear06 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      No, the Bundesliga will still be one of the best leagues in the world. Germany produces quality players like hotcakes and all 4 Geman CL teams advanced to the KO rounds of the Champions League.

  2. ernj - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Apparently Draxler’s release clause cannot be triggered during the January window, so it is not a given that the bids they got were below the release level. If Arsenal had any transfer acumen they would have either bid high enough for the club to release him now or agreed to pay the fee now and take him in July. Now there is no way they are going to get him.

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