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Arsenal Transfer News: Schalke Resigned to Losing Julian Draxler for £37m, Gunners In Driving Seat to Sign Youngster

by Tom Seymour

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The Bundesliga side have admitted that the winger’s release clause will remain in June.

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There is good news for Arsenal as Schalke 04 manager Jens Keller is resigned to losing Julian Draxler for £37m in the summer.

It’s been well documented that the 20-year-old has a release clause in his contract and whilst Keller is glad to have held onto the Germany international for the time being, the 43-year-old is already preparing for Draxler’s departure in a few months time.

“I am delighted that we have him on board for the second half of the season but, because of his clause, he can leave when a club puts the money on the table,” the head coach was quoted by the Mirror.

“That’s why I can’t plan with him, because it is just not in my or our hands. When you have to replace a player like Julian, you had better be prepared.

“It’s clear that all the talk about his €45.5m release clause and the interest from top European clubs leaves its mark on such a young lad.”

The Gunners were heavily linked with a move for Draxler in the January transfer window, but nothing materialised and manager Arsene Wenger dismissed it all as paper talk.

In fact Bayern Munich emerged as the leaders for the starlet and there are rumours that the Bundesliga champions have promised to meet the buyout fee in the summer.

Bayern certainly have history when it comes to buying up young, German talent, having poached Mario Goetze from Borussia Dortmund and Manuel Neuer from Schalke in recent times.

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