Emirates Stadium side make tempting offer for Schalke star.
Arsenal will mount a player plus cash offer for Schalke’s midfielder Julian Draxler according to the Metro.
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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is known to be a big admirer of the young German international and whilst Schalke are holding out for the full £37m needed to trigger the 20 year old’s release clause, the North London club are ready to offer £20m plus experienced forward Lukas Podolski.
It’s a deal that may just do the trick as any move to sell their prized asset to Arsenal will not go down well with the Gelsenkirchen club’s fan-base, who may see such a move lacking ambition, however if such a deal involved 28 year old German international Podolski moving in the other direction then perhaps such a deal becomes more attractive.
Podolski has struggled with injuries and fitness this season but is still an accomplished performer and could well be the ideal man to lead the Schalke attack, with the former Bayern Munich man perhaps ready to consider a fresh challenge having fallen down the Arsenal pecking order.
Arsene Wenger has handed Podolski just two Premier League starts this season and whilst it’s true the adaptable attacker has been sidelined for much of the season he has also been named on the bench on seven occasions.
Draxler seems destined to leave Schalke sooner or later and a move that sees an international with over 100 caps moving the other direction must be appealing to boss Jens Keller.
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