Premier League duo warned off bidding for Schalke star.
Arsenal and Chelsea have been told not to waste their time bidding for highly-rated Schalke starlet Julian Draxler by the club’s technical director Horst Heldt, according to talkSPORT.
The 20-year-old is rated as one of the best young players in the world at the moment, and it is thought that the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea would be prepared to pay as much as £40m to land him from Schalke.
Draxler was a top target for both sides during the summer and is likely to be linked with them as well as other giants of European football when the transfer window re-opens in January.
However, when asked about Draxler’s future and whether the club are preparing for his departure, Heldt insisted that they did not intend to listen to any offers for the German international, and pointed to the fact that he had a long-term contract with the Gelesenkirchen outfit.
“He has a long-term contract and there is no reason that he will be sold this summer or next,” he said.
“We are in regular contact, he feels right and has now decided to stay at Schalke. We do not plan to sell.”
Draxler is one of many top young talents emerging in German football at the moment, with Arsenal also being linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus ahead of the January transfer window, while Chelsea snapped up Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.