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Tottenham To Prevent Arsenal’s Move For Julian Draxler By Vetoing Holtby’s Bundesliga Return

by Dan Kilpatrick

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Spurs not keen to lend assistance to their arch-rivals.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will veto Lewis Holtby’s return to Schalke because he does not want to help Arsenal signing Julian Draxler, reports The Daily Mirror.

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Holtby’s agent has admitted the midfielder is ‘desperate’ for a return to the Veltins Arena, after slipping down the midfield pecking order at White Hart Lane.

Spurs head-coach Tim Sherwood is happy to let the 23-year-old leave but Levy is concerned the move will pave the way for arch-rivals Arsenal to land Draxler, 20, in a reported £42.5m deal.

Levy tried in vain over the summer to further delay Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid after realising Arsenal were closing in on Mesut Ozil.

The Spurs chairman managed to prevent Ozil facing his club in the Gunners’ 1-0 win on 31 August but couldn’t stop the German maestro moving to the Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph say Holtby could still move to Schalke on loan but believe the Bundesliga outfit will not buy-back the player because of the manner in which he ran down his contract and joined Spurs in a £1.5m deal last January.

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