Emirates Stadium side set to welcome in German wonderkid.
Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign long term target Julian Draxler with Schalke set to accept a £33m offer for their prized asset according to the Metro.
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This source claims a move could be agreed within 48 hours with Schalke ready to accept a fee less than the 20 year old’s £37m release clause with Arsenal then set to loan back Draxler for the rest of the current campaign.
Though Arsene Wenger has set his sights firmly on Draxler he may feel he can afford to wait until the summer to welcome him to Arsenal and as such is happy to agree to Schalke’s demands.
Draxler had an outstanding season last term, scoring 13 goals in all competitions, and has continued to mature into a hugely effective attacking midfielder during the current campaign and is a player who Schalke are keen to avoid losing to a domestic rival, with both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund said to be interested in the player.
Having forked out a club record £42.5m to sign Mesut Ozil last summer Wenger has been backed by his Arsenal board with a massive transfer war-chest, predominantly funded by the £150m kit deal with Puma that was announced earlier this week.
Draxler will join compatriots Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker at the Emirates Stadium club.
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