Gunners have been chasing German starlet for over a year now.
Coveted Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler has refused to rule out the possibility of joining Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich next season, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.
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The Germany international has been heavily linked with Premier League giants Arsenal of late, with the north London club having even lodged a bid with Schalke in the January transfer window for the 20-year-old.
However, Draxler has now opened the door to a possible switch to Bavaria this summer, telling German websitewww.derwesten.de: “I’d prefer not to comment on all those rumours.
“Look at what happened with Manuel Neuer. He was 100 percent convinced that he would never join FC Bayern but, after having played as a pro for five years, time made him change his opinion.
“I also can’t say what I will think in five or six or maybe even 10 years.
“And when you rule something out entirely and you end up playing where most people don’t want you to be, the outcry is huge.
“I extended my contract because I feel fine here and the long-term deal shows the appreciation and popularity I enjoy at Schalke.
“It’s no secret that I have a get-out clause in the contract and so from year to year, the possibility exists, at least to think about what is best for my development.
“Of course, the clause leaves a lot of room for speculation, but it is also good for both sides.
“It’s good for Schalke because the club does not have to let go of me on the cheap and, in their worst-case scenario, they would still get a lot of money for me.”
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