Feb 2, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT
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.
My view. Based on my information.
Bayern Munich managed to stop the Draxler-deal by saying "we take him in the summer".—
Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) February 01, 2014
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.
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