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Exclusive: Arsenal to Sign Julian Draxler In £33m Deal After Agreeing Loan Back to Schalke Ahead of Summer Switch

Emirates Stadium side ready to accept compromise arrangement with Bundesliga side.

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Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal with Schalke to sign youngster Julian Draxler in a £33m deal.

CaughtOffside understands that the North London club have been in extensive talks with Draxler’s Bundesliga employers and have come to an agreement on a compromise arrangement that appears to suit all sides.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been keen to agree a deal with Schalke for the 20 year old German international this month but though the Gelsenkirchen based side are resigned to losing the talented midfielder they had been keen to hang onto their prized asset as long as possible.

Therefore it appears Arsenal will sign Draxler and then allow the player to see out the season with Schalke as they continue their participation in the Champions League whilst also looking to secure a berth in the competition for next season.

Draxler is on his way back following a lengthy spell out with an ankle injury suffered during Schalke’s Champions League win over FC Basel back in early December.

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Though Arsene Wenger has set his sights firmly on Draxler he feels he can 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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